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Ep. 18: Behind the scenes of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art Laura Weinstein

Ep. 18: Behind the scenes of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art Laura Weinstein

How does one preserve and manage a venerable American institution’s priceless art collection spanning several millennia and vast regions of Asia? Or go from a casual childhood encounter with Bollywood music to a coveted role as curator of one of the largest collections of Indian art in the U.S.?

Join me in this fascinating conversation with Laura Weinstein, as she shares a glimpse of her work as the Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. If you have any interest in art, this episode is a must-listen!

Hear the full episode below or on iTunes here, and don’t miss images from the collection and the full Shownotes below!

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One side of Laura’s favorite object from the MFA, depicting a symbolic representation of the Buddha    Slab from the wall of a stupa , about late 1st to early 2nd century A.D.    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

One side of Laura’s favorite object from the MFA, depicting a symbolic representation of the Buddha

Slab from the wall of a stupa , about late 1st to early 2nd century A.D.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The other side, re-carved at a later date, depicting the more familiar, seated Buddha figure    Slab from the wall of a stupa , about 3rd century A.D. (obverse)    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The other side, re-carved at a later date, depicting the more familiar, seated Buddha figure

Slab from the wall of a stupa , about 3rd century A.D. (obverse)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 18:

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Special thanks to Aman Moroney @ Flying Carpet Productions for audio post-production engineering!

An example of the art Ananda Coomaraswamy brought to the MFA    Devi Enthroned    Indian, Pahari. Originally painted about 1660–70; face and some jewelry repainted about 1800. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston    Provenance: By 1916, purchased in India by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947); 1917, sold by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy to Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1917, given by Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: April 5, 1917)    Credit Line: Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection

An example of the art Ananda Coomaraswamy brought to the MFA

Devi Enthroned

Indian, Pahari. Originally painted about 1660–70; face and some jewelry repainted about 1800. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Provenance: By 1916, purchased in India by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947); 1917, sold by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy to Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1917, given by Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line: Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection

Portrait of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, 1916   Alvin Langdon Coburn  (American, 1882–1966)  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Portrait of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, 1916

Alvin Langdon Coburn (American, 1882–1966)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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