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Museum Associates (Los Angeles, CA 90036-4504)
Robert L. Brown (Project Director: August 2014 to present)

The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka

Planning for a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and programs that examine the history and unique character of Sri Lankan art.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) requests a $40,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of Sri Lankan art in the United States, "The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka," which will present art from two millennia of Sri Lankan history from the early centuries CE up to modern times. Showcasing approximately 120 objects, the exhibition will include major Sri Lankan works of art in a variety of media such as sculpture, painting, photography, and decorative arts, many of which have never before been seen in the U.S. "The Jeweled Isle" will cross geographical and disciplinary borders to demonstrate three central ideas: 1) art is a mechanism with which people create cultural identities; 2) Sri Lanka's cultural, religious, and artistic traditions maintained their localized identity despite constant internal and external influences; and 3) Sri Lanka was the fulcrum of international trade and cultural exchange.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2015 – 12/31/2016