Kurt Behrendt

Associate Professor, Status Only, Department of Art History, University of Toronto; Associate Curator, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art



Kurt Behrendt,  Associate Curator in the Department of Asian Art, has been at the Met since 2006. He has done more than half dozen exhibitions including Buddhism along the Silk Road (2012), Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations (2014),  Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion and Power (2021), and has published widely on the Buddhist art and architecture of the India sub-continent. Before coming to the Met, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on South Asian art at Temple University. Ongoing field research in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Southeast Asia and Japan provides a foundation for his exhibitions and publications. His 1997 Ph.D. from U.C.L.A. focused on the Buddhist Architecture of Gandhara.


PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of Colorado at Boulder