Description from the Asia Society website:
'As museum visitors in the United States, we have become accustomed to viewing objects created for temples, personal devotion, or specific decorative purposes as works of art that can be appreciated outside of their original contexts ... Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (born 1957) invited a group of children from the Thai countryside to a local Buddhist temple for a lecture by one of the residing monks about the two western paintings noted in the title. In this unusual context the works take on entirely different meanings as the monk uses the reproductions as visual aids for a lesson on Buddhist teachings. The ensuing dialogue reveals a myriad of cultural nuances and assumptions between East and West, and among social classes. It opens up the possibility for alternative modes of art appreciation outside a conventional western museological structure.'