Robert Brown



Education:

Institution Degree Date Major
UCLA Ph.D. June 1981 Indian Art History
UCLA M.A. June 1976 Indian Art History
University of New Mexico B.A. June 1966 English

 

 

Employment History:

 

            2001-present               Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art,
                                                Los Angeles Country Museum of Art

            1986-present               Professor of Indian and Southeast
                                                Asian Art History, UCLA

            1981-1985                   Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art,
                                                Los Angeles County Museum of Art

            1972-74                       Instructor of English as a Second Language,
                                                Los Angeles City Schools

            1968-71                       U.S. Army

            1966-68                       English Teacher, Ubol Teachers College,
                                                U.S. Peace Corps, Thailand

 

Grants and Fellowships:

  • Carpenter Foundation Grant (2005-6)
  • Pacific Rim Grant (2004-5)
  • Donner Foundation Grant (2002-3)
  • Asian Cultural Council Research Grant (1994)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (1993)
  • Social Science Research Council Grant (1988-89)
  • University of California Research Expeditions Grant (1980)
  • Dickson Fellowship, UCLA (1978-79)
  • John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund Research Grant (1976-77)
  • Dickson Fellowship, UCLA (1975-76)
  • Dickson Fellowship, UCLA (1974-75)

Research Languages:

  • German
  • French
  • Sanskrit
  • Thai

 

Publications:

Book:

            The Dvaravati Wheels of the Law and the Indianization of South East Asia.  Leiden:  E. J. Brill, 1996.
            (Reviewed in:  Journal of Asian Studies, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Crossroads, Journal of the Siam Society, Artibus Asiae, etc.) 

 

Edited Books:

Ganesh: Studies of an Asian God.  Albany:  State University of New York Press, 1991  (with introductory essay).
            [Indian printing Delhi:  Sri Satguru, 1997.]

Living a Life in Accord with Dhamma:  Papers in Honor of Professor Jean Boisselier.  Bangkok:  Silpakorn University, 1997 (ed. with Natasha Eilenberg and M. C. Subhadradis Diskul).

Art from Thailand.  Bombay:  Marg, 1999 (with introductory essay).

The Roots of Tantra.  Albany:  SUNY Press, 2002 (ed. with Katherine Anne Harper).

Encyclopedia of India, 4 vols.  Farmington Hills, MI:  Thomson Gale, 2005 (ed. with Stanley Wolpert as editor in chief).

 

Translated Book:

Studies on the Art of Ancient Cambodia:  Ten Articles by Jean Boisselier, trans and ed with Natasha Eilenberg.  Phnom Penh:  Reyum, 2008.

 

Exhibition Catalog:

 

Light of Asia:  Buddha Sakyamuni in Asian Art.  Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1984 (with Pratapaditya Pal, et al.).  (Essay on Southeast Asian art and all Southeast Asian catalog entries.)

 

Text Book and Encyclopedia Chapters:

Gardner's Art through the Ages.  Eleventh Edition.  Fort Worth:  Harcourt Brace, 2000.  (Chapters 6 & 25 on Indian and Southeast Asian Art)

"Southeast Asian Art and Architecture."  In Grolier On-line Encyclopedia.

“Buddhist Art in Southeast Asia.”  Encyclopedia of Buddhism.  Ed. Robert E. Buswell.  New York:  Macmillan, 2004):782-788.

“Buddha Images.”  Encyclopedia of Buddhism.  Ed. Robert E. Buswell.  New York:  Macmillan, 2004):79-82.

“Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula.” Encyclopedia of Buddhism.  Ed. Robert E. Buswell.  New York:  Macmillan, 2004):370-372.

“Gupta Art.”  Encyclopedia of India.  Eds. Stanley Wolrpert, Robert L. Brown, et al.  Farmington Hills, MI:  Thomson Gale, 2005

“Buddha’s Life.”  Encyclopedia of India.  Eds. Stanley Wolrpert, Robert L. Brown, et al.  Farmington Hills, MI:  Thomas Gale, 2005.

 

Research Articles:

 

"The Four Stone Facades of Monastery I at Ratnagiri,"  Artibus Asiae 40, No. 1 (1978): 5-28.

"Stone Buddha Images on Stelae from Ratnagiri,"  Journal of Asian Culture II (Spring, 1978): 103-113.

"Indra's Heaven:  A Dharmacakrastambha Socle in the Bangkok National Museum,"  Ars Orientalis 14 (1984): 115-130.  

"The Sravasti Miracles in the Art of India and Dvaravati,"  Archives of Asian Art 37 (1984): 79-95.

"Light of Asia:  Buddha Sakyamuni in Asian Art,"  Arts of Asia, (January-February 1984): 69-80.

"The Art of Southeast Asia:  Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art," Arts of Asia (November-December 1985): 114-125.

"Recent Stupa Literature:  A Review Article,"  Journal of Asian History 20, no. 2 (1986): 215-232.

"Note on the Recently Discovered Ganesa Image from Palembang, Sumatra," Indonesia, No. 43 (April 1987): 95-100.

"Female Imagery in Ancient Khmer Sculpture," in Apsara:  TheFeminine in Khmer Art, ed. Amy Catlin (Los Angeles:  the  Women's Building, 1987).

"John D. Rockefeller 3rd," in American Collectors of Asian Art, ed. P. Pal (Bombay:  Marg Publications, 1987).

"Bodhgaya and Southeast Asia," in Bodhgaya:  The Site of Enligtenment, ed. Janice Leoshko (Bombay:  Marg Publications, 1988).

"The Pong Tuk Lamp:  A Reconsideration,"  Journal of the Siam Society 77, part 2 (1989): 9-20.  (with Anna M. Macdonnell).
             [Thai translation in Sayamaraya 2, no. 22 (1990).]

"God on Earth:  The Walking Buddha in the Art of South and Southeast Asia,"  Artibus Asiae 50, 1/2 (1990): 73-107.

"A Lajja Gauri in a Buddhist Context at Aurangabad,"  The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 13, no. 2 (1990): 1-16.                                                                                               

"Ganesa in Southeast Asian Art:  Indian Connections and Indigenous Developments," in Ganesh:  Studies of an Asian God, ed. Robert L. Brown (Albany:  SUNY, 1991).
            [Indian edition Delhi:  Sri Satguru, 1997] 

"Indian Art Transformed:  the Earliest Sculptural Styles of Southeast Asia," in Panels of the VIIth World Sanskrit Conference (Leiden:  Brill, 1992).

"Rules for Change in the Transfer of Indian Art to Southeast Asia," in Ancient Indonesian Sculpture, eds. Marijke J. Klokke and Pauline Lunsingh Scheurleer (Leiden:  KITLV Press, 1994).

"Images of Ganesha from Southeast Asia,"  in Ganesha, ed. Pratapaditya Pal (Bombay:  Marg Publications, 1995).

"Three Southeast Asian Sculptures in the Pacific Asia Museum Collection,"  in Studies & Reflections on Asian Art History and Archaeology:  Essays in Honour of H. S. H. Professor Subhadradis Diskul (Bangkok:  Silpakorn University, 1995).

"The Emaciated Gandharan Buddha Images:  Asceticism, Health, and the Body,"  in Living a Life in Accord with Dhamma:  Papers in Honor        of Professor Jean Boisselier, eds. Eilenberg, Diskul, and Brown.  (Bangkok:  Silpakorn University, 1997).

"Narrative as Icon:  The Jataka Stories in Ancient Indian and Southeast Asian Architecture,"  in Sacred Biography in the Buddhist Traditions of South and Southeast Asia, ed. Juliane Schober (Honolulu:  University of Hawaii Press, 1997).

"Expected Miracles:  The Unsurprisingly Miraculous Nature of Images and Relics."  In Images, Miracles, and Authority in Asian Religious Traditions.  Ed. Richard Davis.  Boulder:  Westview Press, 1998.

"The Miraculous Buddha Images:  Portrait, God, or Object?"  In Images, Miracles, and Authority in Asian Religious Traditions.  Ed. Richard Davis.  Boulder:  Westview Press, 1998.

"Dvaravati Sculpture."  Taasa Review:  The Journal of the Asian Arts Society of Australia 7, no. 4 (1998):9-11.

"Some Remarkable Cham Sculptures in American Museums."  Lettre de la Société des Amis du Champa Ancien no. 6 (Décembre 1999) (with Natasha Eilenberg).

“The Walking Tilya Tepe Buddha:  A Lost Prototype.”  Bulletin of the Asia Institute 14 (2000):77-87.

“Place in the Sacred Biography at Borobudur.”  In Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place:  Localizing Sanctity in Asian Religions.  Eds. Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara.  Vancouver:  UBC Press, 2003.

“A Magic Pill:  The Protection of Cambodia by the Recitation of the Vinasikhatantra in AD 802.”  Udaya:  Journal of Khmer Studies No. 4 (2003).

“Ritual and Image at Angkor Wat.”  In Images in Asian Religions:  Text and Contexts.  Eds. Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara.  Vancouver:  UCB Press, 2004.

“Vakataka-Period Hindu Sculpture.”  In The Vakataka Heritage.  Ed. H. T. Baker.  Groningen:  Egbert Forsten, 2005.

‘Vijayanagara:  The End or the Beginning?”  In Sangama:  A Confluence of Art and Culture During the Vijayanagara Period.  Ed. Nalini Rao.  Delhi:  Originals, 2006.

“The Nature and Use of the Body Relics of the Buddha in Gandhara.”  In Gandharan Buddhism:  Archaeology, Art, Texts.  Eds. Pia Brancaccio and Kurt Behrendt.  Vancourver:  UBC Press, 2006.

“The Feminization of the Sarnath Gupta-Period Buddha Images.”  Bulletin of the Asia Institute, vol. 16 (2002; published in 2006).

“The Act of Naming Avalokitesvara in Ancient Southeast Asia.”  In Interpreting Southeast Asia’s Past.  Eds. Elisabeth Bacus, et al.  Singapore:  National University of Singapore, 2008:263-272.

“Selections from the Southeast Asian Art Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.”  Arts of Asia 38, no. 3 (2008):75-87.

“Nature as Utopian Space in the Early Stupas of India.”  In Buddhist Stupas in South Asia.  Akira Shimada and Jason Hawkes (eds).  New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2009:63-80.

“The Importance of Gupta-Period Sculpture in Southeast Asian Art History.”  In Early Indian Influences in Southeast Asia.  Pierre-Yves Manguin and P. Ramaswamy (eds.).  Singapore:  National University of Singapore, 2010:315-328.

“An Aesthetic Encounter:  Khmer Art from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.”  Orientations 42, no. 2 (April 2011).

 

Reviews:

R. P. Mohapatra, Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves, in The Journal of Asian Studies, 42, No. 1 (November 1982): 193-194.

Barbara Stoler Miller, Exploring India's Sacred Art:Selected Writings of Stella Kramrisch in  Journal of Asian History, 18, No. 1 (1984): 90-91.

Carmel Berkson, Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, and George Michell,  Elephanta:  the Cave of Shiva in  Journal of Asian History, 19 (1985): 71-72.

A. K. Narain, ed., Studies in Buddhist Art of South Asia in The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 11 no. 1 (1988): 175-179.

Carmel Berkson, The Caves at Aurangabad:  Early Buddhist Tantric Art in India in Journal of Asian History 22, no. 1 (1988): 79-80.

J. C. Harle and Andrew Topsfield, Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum in Journal of Asian History 22, no. 2 (1989): 197-198.

Jean Boisselier, Trends in Khmer Art (ed. Natasha Eilenberg; trans. Natasha Eilenberg and Melvin Elliott) in Journal of Asian Studies 49, no. 3 (1990): 692-693.

Henry Ginsburg, Thai Manuscript Painting  in Journal of Asian Culture 14 (1990): 90-92.

Stella Snead, with texts by Wendy Doniger and George Michell, Animals in Four Worlds:  Sculptures from India in Journal of Asian History 25, no. 1 (1991): 82-83.

Richard M. Cooler, Karen Drums of Burma:  Types, Iconography,    Manufacture and Use in The Journal of Asian Studies 54, no. 4 (1995):        1150-1151.

Margaret H. Case, Heinrich Zimmer:  Coming into His Own in Journal of the American Oriental Society 115.3 (1995): 502-503.

Edi Sedyawati, Ganesa Statuary of the Kadiri and Singhasari Period:  A Study of Art History in Journal of the American Oriental Society 116.2 (1996): 340-341.

Rita Ringis, Elephants of Thailand in Myth, Art and Religion in The Journal of Asian Studies 56, no. 4 (1997):1173-1175.

Marijke J. Klokke, Tantri Reliefs of Javanese Candi in Journal of the American Oriental Society 118.1 (1998):134-135.

Robert Knox, Amaravati:  Buddhist Sculpture from the Great Stupa and of Elizabeth Rosen Stone, The Buddhist Art of Nagarjunakonda, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 118.2 (1998):303-305.

Masahide Mori and Yoshiko Mori, The Devimahatmya Paintings Preserved in the National Archives, Kathmandu, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 119.1 (1999):191-192.

Daigoro Chihara, Hindu-Buddhist Architecture in Southeast Asia in The Journal Asian Studies 58, no. 1 (1999):262-264.

Cynthia Packert Atherton, The Sculpture of Early Medieval Rajasthan, in The Journal of the American Oriental Soceity 118.2 (1999):

W. Zwalf, A Catalaogue of the Gandhara Sculpture in the British Museum, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 119.2 (1999):

Doris Meth Srinivasan, Many Heads, Arms and Eyes:  Meaning and Form of Multiplicity in Indian Art, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 121.2 (2001):279-281.

Hans Bakker, The Vakatakas:  An Essay in Hindu Iconology, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 121.4 (2001):664-667.

Nora A. Taylor, ed., Studies in Southeast Asian Art:  Essays in Honor of Stanley J. O’Connor, in Asian Perspectives 40,no. 1 (2002):145-146.

Emmanuel Guillon, Cham Art:  Treasures from the Da Nang Museum, Vietnam, in The Journal of Asian Studies 61.3 (2002): 1106-1108.

Janice Leshko, Sacred Traces:  British Explorations of Buddhism in South Asia, in Artibus Asiae 64, n0. 1 (2004):128-30.

Helen Jessup, Masterpieces of the National Museum of Cambodia:  An Introduction to the Collection, in Orientations 38, no.3 (April 2007).

Michael A. Aung-Thwin, The Mists of Ramanna:  The Legend that was Lower Burma, in Journal of Asian Studies 67, no. 1 (2008):340-342.

Donald M. Stadtner, Ancient Pagan:  Buddhist Plain of Merit, in Journal of Asian Studies 67, no. 1 (2008):342-344.

Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Monuments, Objects, Histories:  Institutions of Art in Colonial and Postcolonial India, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 126.4 (2006):619-622.

James S. Crouch, A Bibliography of Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 126.4 (2006):622-624.

Joyce Clark, ed., Bayon:  New Perspectives, in Orientations (Nov/Dec 2008):104-107.

Abha Narain Lambah and Alka Patel, eds., The Architecture of the Indian Sultanates in Journal of Asian Studies 68, 3 (2009):1011-12.

 

Selected Papers and Panels

11 February 2010 – “The Gupta Connection:  The Buddha Image in India, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia and China.”  Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley.

21-22 November 2009 – “Gupta Period Sculpture in Asia.”  Recent Developments in the Study of Buddhist Art, UCLA.

18 October 2009 – “Textiles of Stone and Metal:  Javanese Sculptural Dress.”  Talking Cloth:  New Studies on Indonesian Textiles, LACMA.

14-17 October 2009 – Organized (with Sonya Quintanilla) Madison Conference on South Asia panel “The Lost Fourth Century CE in India Art:  An Ending, a Beginning, or a Transition,” presented a paper “Is the Sarnath Gupta-Period Buddha Image an Innovation?”

26-29 March 2009 – “Roxanna Brown’s Scholarship and Southeast Asia in the 15th and 16th Centuries.”  AAS Annual Meeting, Chicago.  Organized the panel “The Scholarship of Roxanna Brown and Its Implications for Future Research on the Ceramics, Art, and Trade of Southeast Asia.”

25 February 2009 – Organized (with Alka Patel) College Art Association panel “(South) Asia in Art History and Art History in (South) Asia” Los Angeles.

18-19 April 2008 – “Nudity in Early Indian Art.”  Conference on Chadraketugarh, Yale University. 

4-6 March 2008 – “Innovations in Art Historical Studies of South Asian Art.”  Missouri State University.

8-11 February 2008 – “The Act of Naming Avalokitesvara in Ancient Sri Lanka.”  University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada.

12-13 November 2005 – “Vijayanagara as a Secular City.”  Conference on the Vijayanagara Period, Museum of Fine Arts, Houtson.

21-23 October 2005 – “The LACMA Project to Study the Provenance and Authenticity of Southeast Asian Sculpture.”  American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XII, San Diego Museum of Art.

23 April 2005 – “The Touch of His Foot:  The Walking Buddhas of Thailand.”  Kingdom of Siam Symposium at California State University, Sacramento.

16&17 April 2005 – “Was the Buddha a Magician?”  Manipulating Magic:  Sages, Sorcerers, and Scholars Conference, Yale University.

3 February 2005 – “Royal Portraiture in Ancient Cambodia.”  Portraiture in Asian Art Symposium, University of Tokyo.

3-4 December 2004 – Organized conference “Authenticity and Provenance of Southeast Asian Sculpture.”  Held at LACMA, sponsored by UCLA Pacific Rim Grant.

13 November 2004 – “Indian Monastic Furniture.”  Wooden Wonders:  Tibetan Furniture in Religious and Secular Life Conference, Pacific Asia Museum.

17-18 October 2004 – “How Important was Buddhism in Early Southeast Asia?”  Buddhism In (and Out of) Place Conference at UCLA.

13-17 September 2004 – “The Act of Naming the Theravada Avalokitesvara.”  EurASEAA10 Conference, British Museum, London.

23-24 October 2003 – “The Incredible Shrinking Story:  Buddhist Narrative Tradition in Indian Art.”  The Life of the Buddha:  New Directions for Research Conference at the University of Toronto-McMaster University.

June 2002 – “Vakataka Hindu Sculpture:  Its Sources, Relationships, and Developments.”  Vakataka Conference at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

May 2001 – Papers on Buddhist relics and the Buddha image at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

May 2001 – “Image and Ritual at Angkor Wat.”  Numata Foundation Conference, Toronto.

March 2001 – “A Magic Pill:  The Protection of Cambodia by the Recitation of the Vinasikhatantra in 802 AD).  Association of Asian Studies Conference, Chicago.

March 2000 – “The Earliest Images in Ancient Cambodia:  An Indian Façade?”  Association for Asian Studies Conference, San Diego.

9-11 May 1999 - "The Tilia Tepe Token and the Walking Buddha."  Gandharan Buddhism Conference at the University of Toronto-McMaster University.

11-14 March 1999 - Organized a panel for the Association of Asian Studies in Boston entitled "Doctrine and Representation in Buddhism            and Buddhist Art, South and Southeast Asia."  Presented a paper entitled "Soteriological Androgyny:  The Gupta-Period Sarnath Buddha Image and Buddhist Doctrine."

11-13 February 1999 - Organized a Panel for the College Art Association in Los Angeles entitled "Occidentalisms:  Imaginative Geographies of the West as Seen in the Art of South Asia."

26-29 March 1998 - "The Significance of Place in Southeast Asian Art History."  Association of Asian Studies, Washginton DC.

30 October - 1 November 1998 - "The Feminized Sarnath Buddha Image."  American Committee for South Asian Art, Charleston, SC.

22 October 1997 - "The Nature of the Bodily Relics of the Buddha:  The      Gandharan Evidence."  McMaster University, Ontario Canada

13-16 March 1997 - Organized a panel for the annual meeting of the Association of Asian Studies in Chicago entitled  "Creating Sacred Pilgrimage in Asia Through Literature and Art."  Presented a paper entitled "Buddhist Pilgrimage in Ancient India:  Myth or Fact."

25-27 October 1996 - "Relationships among Images of Avalokitesvara in Mainland Southeast Asia and South India."  Avalokitesvara Symposium at the University of Texas, Austin.

10-14 April 1996 - "The Relations between Pyu and Mon Art in Early          Southeast Asia."  Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Honolulu.

6-9 April 1995 - "Images of the Emaciated Buddha:  Asceticism, Health,       and the Buddha's Body."  Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Washington, D.C. 

19-22 November 1994 - "The Buddha's Sex in Image and     Imagination."  Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago.

25 - 28 March 1993 - Organized a panel for the meeting of the  Association for Asian Studies in Los Angeles entitled "Monks and            Images:  A Cross-Cultural Examination of Miraculous Images and the    Monastic Community."  Presented a paper entitled "Expected Miracles:  Monks, Images, and the Miraculous at Sukhothai."

2 - 5 April 1992 - "A Taste for Pig's Heads:  The Human Personality of Buddha Images."  Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Washington, D.C.

19 - 21 April 1991 - "Colonialism, Coomaraswamy, and Spirituality:  the Gupta-period Buddha Image." Symposium of the American Committee of South Asian Art, Washington, D.C.

11 - 14 April 1991 - Organized a panel for the meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in New Orleans entitled "Miraculous Images:  the Power of the Sacred in Asian Traditions."  Presented a paper entitled "Xuanzang's Records of Miraculous Images."

12 April 1991 - "Religion and Worldly Power:  Visions of their Interwoveness in South Asian Art."  Conflict and Religion Conference, UCLA.

5-8 April 1990 - Organized and chaired a panel for the meeting of the Association of Asian Studies in Chicago entitled "The Short Chronology at Ajanta and Its Implications for Indian Art and History."

15-17 February 1990 - "The Nature of the Indian 'Influence' on the Dvaravati Wheels of the Law."  College Art Association, New York.

13-14 January 1990 - Invited presenter in NEH seminar "Buddhist Jataka Tales and their Interpretation in Southeast Asia," Arizona State University, Tempe.

10-14 July 1988 - "A Taste for Luxury:  Artistic Interchange Between the Indian and Roman Worlds."  Symposium on the Art and History of South and Southeast Asia:  The Last Age of Discovery, University of Colorado, Boulder.

27-29 May 1988 - "Rules for Change in the Transfer of Indian Art to Southeast Asia."  Symposium on Ancient Indonesian Sculpture, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.29 April-1 May 1988 - "Indian Art Transformed:  the Earliest Southeast Asian Sculptural Styles."  Symposium of the American Committee of South Asian Art, Richmond, Virginia                        

4 October 1987 - Organized (with Christopher Chapple) a one day conference, "The Mahabharata:  Interpretation and Performance," held             at UCLA.  South Asian Seminar of Southern California. 

23-29 August 1987  -  "Indian Art Transformed:  the Earliest Indian Artistic Influences in Southeast Asia."   VIIth World Sanskrit Conference, Leiden, the Netherlands.

10-12 April 1987 - Organized a panel for the meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Boston entitled "Was the Gupta Period a Classical Age?".  Presented a paper entitled "Gupta Art as Classical:  Possible Paradigms for Indian Art History."

25 September 1986 - "A God on Earth:  The Walking Buddha in Thailand."  (This is the second part of the paper presented Oct. 1985 in Kansas City.)  Southeast Asian Art Symposium:  Arts in Context, University of Colorado, Boulder.

4-6 October 1985 - "The Walking Buddha in the Art of India."  Symposium of the American Committee of South Asian Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

15 December 1984 - "Sakyamuni Buddha in Southeast Asian Art:  The Enigma of its Origins, Sources, and Developments."  Symposium in conjunction with the exhibition "Light of Asia," the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.

23 -25 March 1984 - "Ganesa in Southeast Asian Art."  Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Washington, D.C.

5-8 May 1983 - "Planned Inconsistencies in Dvaravati Cakra Designs."  Symposium of the American Committee for South Asian Art, Denver.

25-27 March 1983 - Organized a panel for meeting of the  Association for Asian Studies meeting in San Francisco entitled "Extensions of Indian Art and Thought:  Methods and Models of their Movement in Asia."  Presented a paper at this meeting:  "'Rules' for Change in the      Transfer of Indian Art to Southeast Asia."

1 May 1982 - Organized a one-day symposium, "Shiva:  Ascetic and Lover"  (in connection with the exhibition "Manifestations of Shiva,"             symposium held at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.)

14 November 1981 - "A Dharmacakrastambha Socle in the Bangkok National Museum:  Its Use and Meaning."  Meeting of the Art Historians of Southern California, California State University, Northridge.

7 May 1981 - "The Miracles of Sravasti in Dvaravati Art."  Symposium of the American Committee for South Asian Art, Minneapolis , Minnesota.

 

Selected Lectures:

28 May 2009 – “The Blood of Kings:  The Imperial Portraits of Suyavarman II at Angkor Wat.”  San Diego Museum of Art.

16 January 2009 – “The Indian Stupa as Utopian Space.”  Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

15 November 2008 – “Angkor Civilization and Khmer Sculpture in the Art Institute of Chicago.”  Art Institute of Chicago. 

27-28 March 2008 – “The King’s Handkerchief:  Royal Power at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.”  University of Alabama at Huntsville.

31 January 2008 – Lecture on “Emperor Ashoka as a Patron of Art” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

28 January 2005 – Lecture on “Early Art of Southeast Asia” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

8 April 2005 – Olive Rose Lecture at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco on “New Finds of Art of South India.”

21 October 2004 – Public lecture for the Archaeology Institute at UCLA on “King Suryavarman at Angkor Wat.”

6 November 2004 – Lecture on “New Acquisitions” at LACMA.

15-17 March 2004 – Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder:  Graduate seminars and public lecture on “Early Buddhist Art in India.”

22-23 Feburary 2001 - Public lecture, faculty lecture, and student seminar on Southeast Asian art.  Northern Illinois University.

16 April 2001 - Lecture on Angkor Wat.  Phoenix Art Museum.

28 April 2002 - Lecture on Indian Paintings in the “Desire and Devotion” exhibition.  Santa Barbara Art Museum.

20 & 21 September 2002 – Two lectures on Indian art to Friends of Asian Art Museum.  Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

26 February 2000 - "The Gods Take Form:  the Earliest Hindu and   Buddhist Sculpture in Southeast Asia."  The Nelson-Atkins Museum            of Art, Kansas City.

10 April 1999 - "Legacy of the Indus Valley for the Art of Later India.”  Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.

11 November 1998 - "Vines, Women, and Song:  Nature in the Art of India."  Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

11 October 1997 - "Meeting of Gods:  Use of Sculpture in Southeast Asian Architecture."  Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

17 January 1997 - "The Descent of the Buddha at Borobodur." University of Toronto.

20 May 1995 - "God, King, and Ascetic:  The Buddha Image in the Art of Southeast Asia."  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

3 December 1994 - "Buddhas and Jinas:  Buddhist and Jain Art Compared."  Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

18 November 1994 - "Pagan:  Kingdom of 5000 Temples in Burma."  Portland State University.

9 October 1990 - "Ancient Indonesian Art:  The Collection of the Museum Pusat in Djakarta."  Denver Art Museum.

1 November 1989 - "The Image of the Buddha."  UCLA Extension program.

25 October 1989 - "Joseph Campbell on Myth and the Perennial Philosophy of the East."  UCLA Extension program.

9 November 1988 - "The Importance of Indian Art for Understanding Modern India."  The Asia Society, Los Angeles.

28 October 1988 - "The Buddha Image in Southeast Asia:  Its Meanings and Forms."  San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego.

23 March 1988 - "Borobudur:  New Interpretations."  Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix.

16 March 1988 - "Thai and Cambodian Ceramics:  Their Social and Cultural Connections."  California State University, San Bernardino.

17 November 1987 - "The Emerald Buddha:  The Cultural Importance of the Buddha Image in Thailand."  Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.

3 November 1987 - "Pagan:  An Ancient Temple City of Burma. "Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.     

26 July 1987 - "The Earth Made Divine:  Southeast Asian Terracottas." Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

15 January 1987 - "Borobudur:  The Javanese Cosmic Mountain."  Archaeological Institute, UCLA  

22 November 1986 - "Tales from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana."  Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.

11 February 1986 - "Hindu Gods in Indian Art."  Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

26 Nov. 1985 - "The Great Stupa of Borobudur."  The Art Institute, Chicago.

19 Nov. 1985 - "Central Javanese Art."  Los Angeles County Musuem of Art.

18 April 1982 - "Shiva Transformed:  Shivaite Art in Mainland Southeast Asia."  Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

15 March 1982 - "The Forms of Shiva in Indian Art."  Annual Docent Lecture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

10 February 1982 - "Indian Art Historical Methodology."  Department of Art, UCLA

26  January 1982 - "Shiva and his Family."  Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.

21 August 1981 - "The Development of Art in Thailand."  Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies,  University of California, Berkeley.

31 March 1981 - "The Influence of Foreign Art Forms:  The Development of the Buddha Image in Southeast Asia."  Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.

24 March 1981 - "The Water Route and Southeast Asian Art:  An Analogy to the Silk Road."  Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.

 

Teaching and Curating:

Teaching at UCLA:

Classes in South and Southeast Asian art history at all levels:  introduction, upper level lecture, undergraduate seminar, and graduate seminar

Advisor for 20 PhD students, and member on PhD committees for several dozen students

  •             Curating at LACMA:
  •             Participate in most activities of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Art
  •             Oversee particularly the Southeast Asian art collection

Completed a three-year project of authentification of Southeast Asian stone and bronze sculpture, including extensive use of scientific analysis with Dr. Pieter Meyers

Currently working on a project sponsored by the Getty Foundation of writing an on-line scholarly catalogue of the Southeast Asian collection

 

Travel and Research in Europe and Asia:

August 2009 – Cambodia.  Banteay Chhmar conference and research.  Sponsored by Friends of Khmer Culture and a Getty Grant.

November-December 2007 – Thailand, Sri Lanka.  Chaired a UC wide evaluation of the Thailand Year Abroad Program.  Spent several weeks in Sri Lanka doing research.

February 2007 – Sri Lanka.  Sponsored by Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

July-August 2006 – China.  Member of the Yale Silk Road Seminar.

February 2006 – India.  Research sponsored by LACMA.

February 2005 – Japan – Research sponsored by The University of Tokyo

September 2004 –London -  Research sponsored by LACMA.

May 2004 – Paris.  Research sponsored by UCLA (senate).

February-March 2004 – Thailand and Cambodia.  Research sponsored by LACMA.

March-April 2003 -- India.  Lecturer for Asian Art Museum of San Francisco tour “In the Footsteps of the Buddha.”

December 2003 -- Cambodia.  Research sponsored by UCLA. (senate).

July-August 2002 -- India (Kashmir).  Research sponsored by UCLA (senate).

July-August 2000 -- India.  Research sponsored by UCLA (senate).

January-March 1999 -- Cambodia, Thailand, and India.  Research sponsored by UCLA (senate and ISOP).

August-September 1994 -- Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos.  Research sponsored by Asian Cultural Council.

July-August 1993 -- Thailand and Burma.  Research sponsored by NEH Summer Stipend.

August-September 1988 -- Thailand.  Study tour sponsored by UCLA Extension.

August-September 1987--Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Germany, and England.  Research sponsored by UCLA

March-April 1986--Indonesia.  Study tour sponsored by Art Institute of Chicago.

June-July 1985 -- Indonesia.  Research in Central Javanese art sponsored by Los Angeles County Museum of Art

January-March 1984 -- India.  Research in connection with "Light of Asia" exhibition sponsored by Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

May-June 1983--England, France, and Germany.  Research sponsored by Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

August-September 1980 -- Thailand.  Research on Thai mural paintings sponsored by University of California, Berkeley.

July-December 1976 -- India (Burma, Bangladesh, Thailand, France, England).  Dissertation research sponsored by the JDR 3rd Fund.

December 1974-August 1975 -- India (Thailand, Burma, Ceylon).  Dissertation research sponsored by UCLA

1966-68 --  Thailand (Indonesia,  Cambodia, Laos, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, U.S.S.R., etc.).  Peace Corps and independent travel.

 

 

Professional Activity:

  • Board of Directors, ACSAA, 1992-96
  • Editorial Board, Archives of Asian Art, 2001-present
  • Editorial Board, Udaya, 2008-present
  • Community Associates Research Curator, Art Institute of Chicago, July 2008

 

 

Service at UCLA:

University:

  • Chair, Committee on South and Southeast Asian Studies:  1993-1998.
  • Chair, Interdepartmental Program in Religious Studies:  1993-94.
  • Member, Graduate Council:  1995-1998.
  • Member, Pacific Rim Executive Committee:  1993-1998.
  • Member, Chancellor's Committee on Ethics and Religion:  1992-96.
  • Member, Interim Committee for the Study of Religion:  1991-95
  • Member, Executive Committee, Center for the Study of Religion: 
  •             1995-2000
  • Member, Luce Southeast Asian Search Committee: 1996-97.
  • Member, Morris Conference Room Committee: 1997.
  • Faculty and Art History Advisor, Interdepartmental Program in World Arts and Cultures:  1991-96.
  • Member, UC-wide Review Committee, UC Irvine Humanities:  1998
  • Member, Search Committee Pre-Modern Indian History: 2000-2001
  • Member, Search Committee Vedic Sanskrit: 2000-2001
  • Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies:  2005-2006

 

Department of Art History:

  • Acting Chair, Department of Art History:  Sept.-Dec. 1995, summer 1995,
  • January 1997-September 1998; September 2001-September 2002
  • Chair, Art History Financial Aids Committee:  1988-89, 1992-93, 2000-01, 2008-09, 2009-10
  • Member, Art History Financial Aids Committee:  1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1994-95, 2004-05, 2007-08
  • Chair, Art History Undergraduate Review Committee:  1993-94
  • Chair, Contemporary Art Search Committee:  1997
  • Chair, Korean Art History Search Committee:  1998
  • Chair, Asian American Art Search Committee:  1993-94 and 1996-97
  • Member, Chinese Art Search Committee:  1992-93

 

address:

Department of Art History
100 Dodd Hall, University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1417
Ph:  (310) 825-3577, Fax:  (310) 206-1903, Email:  RLBrown@humnet.ucla.edu