I used to work at the Norton Simon Museum shortly after my move in 2004-05. I was a lecturer there for about 5-6 years. One of things I miss the most is their Asian and South Asian collection. The galleries feel like you’ve entered another world. They’re so peaceful and beautiful. It’s where I would go to center myself and get out of my thoughts. It was my way of traveling, even if just for a few, to another time and place. I always left with the reminder that the world is bigger and grander than what goes on in my mind, and that there are things that happen that cannot be explained.
With everything flooding our timelines right now, I invite you to take a look at these beautiful sculptures that span over the course of 2,000 years. India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Cambodia, Thailand, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Burma , China, Vietnam and Indonesia are all represented in this extraordinary collection. What we look at and read affects us. As a news junkie myself, I have to keep reminding myself of that.