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Los Angeles: Private Tour of LACMA Exhibit Celebrating Sri Lanka's Independence

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90036 United States (map)

“The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka”

Sunday, March 10th, 2019 (date subject to change)

Meet at LACMA Entrance no later than 11:00am

Lunch to follow at Commerson (788 S La Brea Ave., LA, 90036)

Please RSVP to Greg at

Fellow alumni & Angelinos - please join us for a very special event on Sunday, March 10th at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). We have set up a private tour of a special exhibit celebrating Sri Lanka’s 70 years of independence. Our guides will be Mrs. Margaret Dodd, widow of Reg Van Cuylenburg (an artist and photographer whose black & white photographs of Ceylon in the 1950s will be on display), Mr. Ravi Gunewardena (the architect who designed the exhibit), and possibly Bindu Gude (exhibit curator).

Following the exhibit tour, we will head to Commerson Restaurant just down the street for lunch. It is about a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive away. Please note that each guest will be expected to cover the cost of their own meal.


The first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organized by an American museum, The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka presents some 250 works addressing nearly two millennia of Sri Lankan history. The image of a bejeweled isle, first invoked in Greco-Roman accounts of Sri Lanka’s precious gems, inspired numerous literary descriptions of the island’s wealth and tropical beauty. The Jeweled Isle includes precious decorative objects fashioned from gold, silver, and ivory, and 19th-century photographs documenting Sri Lanka’s extraordinary monuments, scenery, and flora. Several artworks convey the importance of sacred sites and relics in Sri Lankan Buddhist practice, while rare images of Hindu gods attest to the long and constant interaction between Sri Lanka and South India. Exquisite ivories, textiles, and furnishings further reflect nearly four centuries of European colonial presence in Sri Lanka and the dynamic interaction between local and foreign visual traditions. Featuring LACMA’s rarely displayed collection of Sri Lankan art—one of the finest and most extensive in the U.S—the exhibition presents a timely exploration and celebration of a geographically complex, ethnically diverse, and multicultural South Asian hub. This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Earlier Event: January 27
AFSOAS Alumni & Friends Trip: GHANA!