Special Events for Anonymous: contemporary tibetan art 2013


Saturday, September 14, 7 pm
, Studley Theater, Old Main
"Sacred Music Sacred Dance" performance by the Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery

Tibetan monks of Drepung

The famed multiphonic singers of Tibet's Drepung Loseling Monastery, whose sellout performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center received national acclaim, will perform "Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing" at SUNY New Paltz in conjunction with The Dorsky Museum exhibition, Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art as part of their international tour of The Mystical Arts of Tibet. The tour is co-produced by Richard Gere Productions and Drepung Loseling Institute, the North American Seat of Drepung Loseling Monastery, India. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the tour has three basic purposes: to make a contribution to world peace and healing; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.

The performance features multiphonic singing, wherein the monks simultaneously intone three notes of a chord. The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for this unique singing. They also utilize traditional instruments such as 10-foot long dung-chen horns, drums, bells, cymbals and gyaling trumpets. Rich brocade costumes and masked dances, such as the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion, add to the exotic splendor.

Listen: http://www.drepung.org/changing/mystical/MAT-Sampler-CD.htm



Saturday, October 5, 2 pm

Artist Gallery Talk
Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art — Kesang Lamdark 
Introduced by Kristine Harris, Director, Asian Studies Program at SUNY New Paltz


Kesang Lamdark was born in Dharamsala in 1963 and grew up in Switzerland. After apprenticing and working as an interior architect in Switzerland, he went on to study art at the Parson's School of Design in New York, followed by an MA in visual art at Columbia University, NY. Searching for an appropriate cultural space for himself, he always felt like an outsider, until eventually, looking within, he came to understand and reconnect with his heritage while living in the west. His displaced, multi-cultural upbringing allowed him a broader personal energy.

Inspired by an early experience with acupuncture used to relieve facial nerve paralysis, Lamdark perforates the bottoms of beer cans to create a range of images. The playful presentation asks viewers to peer through the mouth of the empty cans to view the subtle yet powerful imagery.

Saturday, October 26, 2 pm
Artist Gallery Talk
Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art – Rabkar Wangchuk

Sunday, October 27, Multipurpose Room, Student Union Building
Sand Mandala Workshop with Rabkar Wangchuk 

rabkar wangchuck

Rabkar Wangchuk, former monk and artist trained in thangka painting as well as other forms of traditional Tibetan Buddhist art, served as lead visual artist for nine years at the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts (TIPA) in his birthplace of Dharamsala. He was trained under the revered teacher late Venerable Ngawang Norbu from Tibet. Over twenty years, he mastered and pursued perfection in woodcarving, butter sculpture and consecration of color-particle Mandala for which he was awarded in appreciation certificate from the Gyudmed Tantric University. 

10 am – 12:30 pm:     Lecture/Demonstration
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm:  Lunch break
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm:    Create your own mandala
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm:    Tea
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm:    Question and answer period with Rabkar Wangchuk


Saturday, November 2, 1-4 pm, Dorsky Museum and Lecture Center 102
"Anonymous: A Symposium on Tibetan Identity and Culture"

Exhibition curator, Rachel Perera Weingeist, opens the symposium with a gallery tour of Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art at The Dorsky.
At 2 pm, the symposium moves to LC 102 for presentations by Tibetan historian Elliot Sperling (Professor of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University), Kurt Behrendt (curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art), and a panel discussion that also includes Curator Rachel Weingeist, and artist Tenzing Rigdol, moderated by Jonathan Schwartz (director, Asian Studies Program).

Monday, November 4, 7:30 pm, Lecture Center 100
Distinguished Speaker, Robert A.F. Thurman: "Tibetan Culture as World Treasure: What It Is, How It Came to Be, What Are Its Gifts Today"

bob thurman

Presented jointly by the Dorsky and SUNY New Paltz's Distinguished Speaker Series, in conjunction with The Dorsky exhibition, Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art

Robert A.F. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and dedicated to the publication of translations of important texts from the Tibetan Tengyur.

For more information and tickets, please visit: http://www.newpaltz.edu/speakerseries/

Wednesday, November 6, 7 pm, Rosendale Theater, Rosendale, NY
Film Screening
"Tibet in Song" by Ngawang Choephel


Director and musicologist Ngawang Choephel presents his film, "Tibet in Song." Winner of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, among many other awards, the film weaves a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience, introducing Tibet to the world in a way never before seen on film. The beauty of traditional Tibetan folk music is showcased through a variety of working songs, songs about family and the beauty of the land. These rarely seen performances are deftly juxtaposed against startling footage of the early days of the Chinese invasion and a concise explanation of the factors leading to the Dalai Lama's flight into exile in 1959. Ngawang Choephel sets the stage for a unique exploration of the Chinese impact on Tibetans inside Tibet.

What follows is a heartbreaking tale of cultural exploitation and resistance, which includes Ngawangs' own eventual imprisonment for recording the very songs at the center of the film. "Tibet in Song" provides raw and uncensored look at Tibet as it stands today, a country willing to fight for the existence of its unique cultural heritage.

$5 suggested donation.
Rosendale Theater: http://rosendaletheatre.org/


All programs take place in the museum unless otherwise indicated.

The Friends of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and the State University of New York at New Paltz provide ongoing support for The Dorsky's exhibitions and programs. Additional support for Anonymous public education programs has been provided by The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.


If you are a person with a disability who will require special accommodations please contact Amy Pickering at 845.257.3844 no later than one week before the event.

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