Dorsky Museum presents “Anonymous,” an exhibit of contemporary Tibetan art

Rabkar Wangchuk, "Spiritual Mind and Modern Technology," 2013. Image courtesy Samuel Dorsky Museum.

A rare exhibit of contemporary Tibetan art will be on display later this year at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York, New Paltz. The show, entitled Anonymous, features more 50 works of painting, sculpture, installation, and video art by 27 artists living in Tibet and in diaspora. These will include many works from the private collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin (founders of New York’s Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art) never before exhibited. The show opens July 20 and runs through December 15.

According to curator Rachel Perera Weingeist, “It is only roughly in the last ten years that a contemporary Tibetan visual culture has galvanized.” The museum’s press material further explains:

“Anonymity and self-expression are commonly polarized values and artistic goals within the global art market. In traditional Tibetan art, artistic craft was used to support the transmission of Buddhist culture.  In the present atmosphere, however, art is becoming a vital medium of self-expression for Tibetans—increasingly, artists are creating work focused on the individual. A cautious 21st century visual language steeped in irony, metaphor, and allusion has fully emerged.”

Click here to see representative images from the Anonymous exhibit, and get info on attendant programs such as a lecture by Columbia professor Robert Thurman on October 21.

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