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Tradition Transformed

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Tibetan Artists Respond

January 15 through March 13, 2011

Contemporary Tibetan artists are in a precarious position. While their work is informed by Tibetan artistic traditions, the majority of these artists do not live in Tibet, and some never have. Their challenge is twofold: as they forge a name for themselves in the competitive art world, they must also try to find their own place within Tibet’s rich and formalized artistic legacy. This exhibition features artists who grapple with issues of cultural and artistic negotiation and who work with traditional forms in innovative ways. The artists submitted new and recent works to the exhibition that highlight their styles and range.

Organized by the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, and presented at the Hood Museum of Art through the generosity of Yoko Otani Homma and Shunichi Homma M.D., Class of 1977, the Cissy Patterson Fund, and the Hansen Family Fund.

See video of the sand mandala creation that accompanied the Hood's opening of Tradition Transformed at the college's public affairs website Dartmouth Now>>

Press release>>

Related Events

19-22 January, ongoing See video
MONKS FROM THE NAMGYAL MONASTERY AND INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES will create a sand mandala in the galleries over the course of several days. Of all the traditional Tibetan practices, the art of painting with colored sand is one of the most unique and exquisite. Visit the museum’s galleries anytime during regular open hours to watch. Co-sponsored by the William Jewitt Tucker Foundation, the Hood Museum of Art, a Himalayan Undergraduate Studies Grant from The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

21 January, Friday, 4:30 P.M.
OPENING LECTURE AND RECEPTION
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Untitled Identities #3: Contemporary Tibetan Art in Context

Kabir Mansingh Heimsath, University of Oxford, Anthropology
A reception will follow in Kim Gallery.

22 January, Saturday, 10:30 A.M.-12 noon
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP
Tibetan Sand Mandalas
Observe as Tibetan monks paint with colored sand to create a mandala in the museum galleries, and then create your own sand mandala in the studio to take home. For children ages 8 to 12. Space is limited. Please call (603) 646-1469 by January 20 to register. Offered free of charge thanks to the Hood Museum of Art Membership Program.

22 January, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
SPECIAL GALLERY TALK
Second-floor galleries
Tradition Transformed: A Walking Tour

Rachel Weingeist, Managing Creative Director of Rubin Enterprises; Deputy Director, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation; Curator, Rubin Private Collection; and curator of the exhibition Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond.

The opening events for Tradition Transformed are co-sponsored by the Hood Museum of Art and a Himalayan Undergraduate Studies Grant from The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.

25 January, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
LUNCHTIME ARTIST TALK
Second-floor galleries
Tenzing Rigdol

The artist will discuss his work in the exhibition Tradition Transformed:Tibetan Artists Respond. His visit to Dartmouth is co-sponsored by the Bildner Program through the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

26 January, Wednesday, 5:30 P.M.
FILM
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium and Hood galleries
Mustang—Journey of Transformation
Join us for a special screening of the award-winning documentary film Mustang—Journey of Transformation (2009, 30 minutes), in conjunction with the exhibition Tradition Transformed:Tibetan Artists Respond. Sienna Craig, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, will discuss the film afterward; Dr. Craig assisted in making it and co-presented it at the Telluride Mountain film festival in 2009. Narrated by Richard Gere, Mustang tells the remarkable story of a fifteenth-century Tibetan culture pulled back from the brink of extinction through the restoration of its most sacred sites.

29 January, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
TOUR
Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond

1 February, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
Second-floor galleries
Invention, Cultural Preservation, and Identity in Contemporary Tibetan Art

Sienna Craig, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

9 February, Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
ADULT WORKSHOP
What’s It About? Contemporary Art from Tibet

Explore exciting new work by Tibetan artists in this interactive, discussion-based workshop. You’ll learn techniques for understanding and appreciating any work of art you encounter. Participation is limited.Please call (603) 646-1469 by February 7 to register.

15 February, Tuesday, 4:30 P.M.
ARTIST LECTURE
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Tsherin Sherpa

The artist, featured in the exhibition Tradition Transformed:Tibetan Artists Respond, will talk about his work. His visit to Dartmouth is co-sponsored by the Bildner Program through the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. Read a recent interview with the artist on the Art:21 blog here.

16 February, Wednesday, 7:00 P.M.
FILM
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Travellers and Magicians

Presented by the Dartmouth Film Society
Join Juliette Bianco, Associate Director, for a free fifteen-minute spotlight talk in the exhibition Tradition Transformed:Tibetan Artists Respond at 6:30 and then enjoy the film at 7:00. Tickets available at the door or in advance through www.hop.dartmouth.edu or the Hopkins Center Box Office: (603) 646-2422. The director of The Cup does not disappoint with the first feature film shot in Bhutan. As a young monk hitchhikes through the beautiful wild countryside, he weaves tales about two men who seek to escape their mundane lives. Here is a magical mixture of road movie and mystical fable with a potpourri of desire and its consequences. Directed by Khyentse Norbu, Aust/Bhutan, Dzongkha w/subtitles, 2003, 108 minutes.

19 February, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
TOUR
Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond

22 February, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
Second-floor galleries
A Global Perspective on Contemporary Tibetan Art

Allen Hockley, Associate Professor of Art History, Dartmouth College

26 February, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
TOUR
Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond

5 March, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
TOUR
Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond

Last Updated: 2/10/11