Dalai Lama visit inspires exhibit of Himalayan culture
Staff Report | October 17,2012
MIDDLEBURY — In honor of the recent visit by the Dalai Lama to Middlebury and to celebrate Vermont’s connection with Himalayan culture, Middlebury College is hosting an exhibition of contemporary Tibetan art.
“Contemporary Jewels: An Offering” presents 11 works by five artists of Tibetan heritage — Tenzin Norbu, Dorje Sherpa, Tsherin Sherpa, Tenzing Rigdol and Palden Weinreb — all of whom were granted residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. The vast majority of the exhibit has been mounted on the upper level of the college’s Davis Family Library, while one work, “Journey of My Teacher” by Rigdol, is on display in the entrance court of the Middlebury College Museum of Art in the Mahaney Center for the Arts.
The works, on loan from participating artists and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection, are divergent in style and content, yet all evince the artists’ experience of the collision between Tibetan Buddhist tradition and contemporary culture brought forth through new, innovative applications of traditional artistic techniques.
In addition to “Contemporary Jewels,” the Davis Family Library is also playing host to a number of sacred Tibetan texts — ritual and liturgical texts and illuminated sutras on loan from the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center in Cambridge, Mass. — as well as several photographs taken by U. S. Senator Patrick Leahy on a trip to Tibet in 1988. The selected photographs are works which are often on view in Sen. Leahy’s Washington office and for which the Dalai Lama has previously expressed an affinity during visits with the senator.
These works of art, sacred books, and photographs will remain on view in their respective locations until Jan. 11, 2013.
The Davis Family Library, located at 110 Storrs Ave., is open 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday–Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday. For further information please call (802)-443–5000 or TTY (802)-443–3155, or visit either the library’s main website at go.middlebury.edu/library or the museum’s website at museum.middlebury.edu.