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Tradition Transformed

Tibetan Artists Respond

January 15, 2011, through March 13, 2011
Dedron, We Are the Nearest to the Sun

Dedron, We Are the Nearest to the Sun, 2009, mineral pigments on canvas. Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin. 

Penba Wangdu, Links of Organization

Penba Wangdu, Links of Organization, 2007, stone-ground pigments on cloth. Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin. 

Tsherin Sherpa, Preservation Project #1

Tsherin Sherpa, Preservation Project #1, 2009, gouache, acrylic, and gold on paper. Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin. 

Gonkar Gyatso, L.A. Confidential

Gonkar Gyatso, L.A. Confidential, 2007, pencil and stickers on art paper. Private collection, Pasadena, California. 

Losang Gyatso, Clear Light Tara

Losang Gyatso, Clear Light Tara, 2009, limited edition photographic print on paper. Courtesy of the artist. 

Tenzin Norbu, Speech and Meditation

Tenzin Norbu, Speech and Meditation, 2009, stone-ground pigments on cloth. Courtesy of the artist. 

Tenzing Rigdol, Fusion Tantra

Tenzing Rigdol, Fusion Tantra, 2008, pastel on paper. Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin. 

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.
Curated by Rachel Weingeist, Founding Curator

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