Beyond the Himalayas
7 Oct 2010
6:00PM - 8:30PM
|Where||Trace Foundation, Latse Library
132 Perry Street
NY, NY 10014
New Horizons for Tibetan Art
Panel Discussion Flyer, 2010. Courtesy of the Trace Foundation NY
For centuries, in the shadow of the Himalayas, a mixture of South, East, and Central Asian influences, indigenous aesthetics, and the strict requirements of Buddhist scripture slowly melded into one of the world’s great artistic traditions. Beginning in the 19th century, that tradition would come into ever increasing contact with new approaches to art—and the very concept of art itself—from the West, Tibetan art would be changed forever.
In the past decade a global flowering of contemporary Tibetan art has taken place and Tibetan artists have risen from relative obscurity to an increasingly prominent place on the global stage. These artists face significant challenges. Today’s contemporary Tibetan artists must not only forge a name for themselves within the rich traditions of Tibetan art. This emerging movement was recently showcased in Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond at the Rubin Museum of Art, the first exhibit in a New York museum to feature works by contemporary Tibetan artists. Frequently making use of the visual language of traditional styles, each of these artists seeks to address uniquely modern questions of individual identity, ethnicity, diaspora, globalization, consumerism, and technology.
Despite the accessibility and applicability of the topics these artists have explored, much of the conversation on Tibetan art to date has focused on the specificity of the Tibetan socio-historical position and the relationship between contemporary Tibetan artists and their art-historical context. To coincide with the closing of Tradition Transformed on October 18th, Trace Foundation, together with ArtAsiaPacific and The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, asks: What’s next for Tibetan art?
In a round-table discussion on Thursday, October 7th with Charlie Finch, senior art critic for Artnet.com, Carol Huh, assistant curator of contemporary Asian art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and Clare Harris, curator for Asian Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum, six of the leading contemporary Tibetan artists will discuss their work in light of the global contemporary art scene, and future directions for Tibetan art beyond the Himalayas.
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