Colleague at Michigan

Written by Richard Edwards

m_people_large120x120W ALTER SPINK came to the Department of History of Art in 1961. Those were days, if not of wine and roses, of extraordinary development. It was a time when the department, along with area centers, was in a period of conscious expansion. Charles Sawyer was already in place giving to the Museum of Art increasing national significance, expanding collections (for which the Parker Fund

In Praise of Walterji

Written by Frederick M. Asher

rick_asher-120x120 W ALTER SPINK IS, of course, best known for his work on Ajanta. He's recently referred to himself as obsessed by Ajanta, something that those who know him will agree is not far from the mark. But Walter's impact on our field extends far beyond Ajanta, to something that too few know.

BACK in the 1960s, the American Committee for South Asian Art (ACSAA), was just that: a committee.

Homage to a Modern Cave Man

Written by Susan L. Huntington

susan-120x175jpgTO THE AVERAGE PERSON, the designation "cave man" conjures up images of an animal-skin garbed, hairy, apelike male carrying a club and dragging his female companion by the hair. But picture this instead. The cave man that I have in mind is more an Indiana Jones-type adventurer whose realm of exploration is the cave monuments of the Indian subcontinent. Wielding a camera as his weapon,

The Importance of Questions

Written by Janice Leoshko

janice-leoshko-120x120THERE ARE MANY THINGS TO BE SAID about the place held by Walter Spink in the study of Indian art, perhaps most especially in regard to his long-term studies of Ajanta. But I want to highlight an aspect that may not always seem apparent in his meticulous ruminations on patronage and dating at this Buddhist site. This is a way in which his humanness has informed the direction of his questions:

Spink on Wheels

Written by Michael W. Meister

Michael-120 MY MEMORIES OF WALTER SPINK go back to my second year in India - 1965 - when I met an obsessive, kind, bubbling gentleman at the Foreigners' Registration Office in Pune. He was certainly the first Art Historian I'd ever met - of India or otherwise - and a model for that world of "seeing" that I was precipitously then beginning to enter. I remember giving him a lift back to his home

The Cow Herder Goes to Washington

Written by Donald M. Stadtner

donald_stadtner-120x120 CHARLES LANG FREER could scarcely foresee that his generous bequest to the nation also included sponsoring graduate students in the Asian art program at the University of Michigan to participate in the great anti-war moratoriums in Washington, DC, in the early 1970's. This is how it happened:

Tribute Authors

Frederick M. Asher

Frederick M. Asher :: In Praise of Walterji

Frederick Asher is a specialist in South Asian art. His current research considers the architecture of contested religious space and the issue of copying/originality in Indian art.

Richard Edwards

Richard Edwards :: Colleague at Michigan

Michigan - History of Art | Professor of Far Eastern Art, 1960 | Professor Emeritus, 1987

Michael W. Meister

Michael W. Meister :: Spink On Wheels

W. Norman Brown Professor of South Asia Studies. He is a specialist in the art of India and Pakistan. He has served as Chair of the Departments of South Asia Studies (SASt) and History of Art and as Director of Penn's South Asia Center.

Janice Leoshko

Janice Leoshko :: The Importance of Questions

Prior to joining the faculty in 1993 at The University, Associate Professor Leoshko worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for seven years as the Associate Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art

Susan L. Huntington

Susan L. Huntington :: Homage to a Modern Cave Man

Susan L. Huntington, Ph.D., is Distinguished University Professor and Professor of History of Art, Emerita, but continues to teach and advise graduate students at The Ohio State University. 

Donald M. Stadtner

Donald M. Stadtner :: The Cow Herder Goes to Washington

for many years an Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, after completing his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include Ancient Pagan: Buddhist Plain of Merit (2005) and Sacred Sites of Burma (forthcoming).