Rob Linrothe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, Northwestern University. He received a Ph. D. in Art History from the University of Chicago. In 2008-2009 he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Through his field work, Prof. Linrothe has become a specialist in the Buddhist art of the Himalayas. He has concentrated on the pre-modern mural painting of Ladakh and Zangskar (Indian Himalayas) and the contemporary revival of monastic painting in Amdo (China, northeastern cultural Tibet).
From 2002 – 2004, Prof. Linrothe served as the inaugural curator of Himalayan art at the Rubin Museum of Art [RMA] which opened to the public in October of 2004. During his tenure at RMA, Prof. Linrothe authored two catalogs to coincide with the museum's opening exhibitions: Paradise & Plumage: Chinese Connections in Tibetan Arhat Painting; and, with Jeff Watt, Demonic Divine: Himalayan Art and Beyond. A third, Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas was published in 2006. Recently, an essay on the early 17th century Central Tibetan paintings directed by Taranatha was published in Artibus Asiae, an article entitled "Skirting the Bodhisattva: Fabricating Visionary Art," appeared in the on-line journal, Etudes mongoles et siberiennes, centrasiatiques et tibetaines; an article on murals in Ladakh and Zangskar will be in the forthcoming (fall 2013) Archives of Asian Art, and an article on early photography in western Tibet will appear in summer of 2013 in Photography's Orientalism: New Essays on Colonial Representations published by the Getty Research Institute.
In February 2013, he presented a paper on petroglyphs in the western Himalaya, "Montane Metonyms: Ibex in/as Landscape" at the College Art Association annual conference in New York, and in April 2013 he presented research on an illuminated manuscript of 17th century Zangskar at the International Association of Ladakh Studies conference in Heidelberg. He is currently working with the Block Museum of Art and Rubin Museum of Art (New York) on an exhibition titled "Collecting Kashmir: its Buddhist Art and Legacy in Western Tibet and the West" opening in January 2015.
Robert Linrothe, "Portraiture on the Periphery: Recognizing Changsem Sherab Zangpo," Archives of Asian Art 63.1 (2013): 59-86.
Robert Linrothe, "Preliminary Report on Fifteenth-Century Murals in Zangskar," Orientations 43.5 (2012): 36-43
Rob Linrothe & David P. Jackson, The Place of Provenance: Regional Styles in Tibetan Painting (Masterworks of Tibetan Painting) (New York: Rubin Museum of Art, 2012).