Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery
Celebrating precious traditions and the culture of baby carriers from the early 20th
Century in China, Tuck Your Baby In with a Blessing presents finely crafted and embroidered baby carriers. Every stitch and thread of
a mother’s embroidery work on baby carriers is the deepest expression of a mother’s
affectionate embrace to her child. The carrier is seen as a vessel of memories and
blessings for a child. Traditionally, the carrier is a gift from the baby’s mother’s
family, it brings blessings from the child’s maternal grandmother. All works are loan
from National Museum of PreHistory of China.
Charles B. Wang Center Jasmine Gallery
A critically acclaimed artist Jiro Osuga visualizes Japanese daily modern life. Images
of every sort are depicted and examined by Osuga’s exuberant expression. The Everyday Joys of Japan offers a pathway for audience to become an avid traveler and knowledgeable reader
of images. Osuga was born in Tokyo and lived in Japan and the U.K.
LECTURE Taking Ramen Seriously: Food, Labor, and Everyday Life in Modern Japan by George Solt, New York University, [TBD]
CULINARY WORKSHOP Sushi Making Workshop, [TBD]
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery
The Derge Parkhang (/deh-gay par-kahng/) is one of the foremost cultural, social,
religious and historical institutions in Tibet. Founded in 1729 by Denba Tseren, the
Derge Parkhang today is an active center for publication and distribution of Buddhist
texts and images, preeminent examples of the Tibetan woodcut printing tradition. The
exhibition’s large, finely cut prints of buddhas, protective deities and tara were
specially printed from some of the 300,000 blocks in the Parkhang collection. They
open a fascinating window into the beliefs, symbols and learning of Tibetan Buddhism.
Photographs and video introduce the people of Derge who have preserved and revived
the Parkhang’s position as one of the most precious pearls of Tibet’s living culture.
This exhibition is part of a collaborative project between the Derge Parkhang, Wesleyan
University and Columbia College Chicago. It is the first authorized exhibition of
works from the Derge Parkhang in the U. S.
Research for this exhibition was supported by a grant from the Shelley and Donald
Photo (right): This print is a Tsok Shing, an Assembly Tree that represents all the Buddhas, bodhisattvas, deities, and lamas
who are members of a particular lineage. Tsok means accumulation of merit and accumulation
of wisdom, and Shing means object. So it becomes object of accumulation, not just
a creation of your imagination. In this print Indian scholars (who do not wear vests
on their upper bodies), Tibetan scholars and lamas from all schools appear together
in the tree around Amitabha. Ecumenism was a hallmark of the religious patronage of
the Derge Kings. Avalokiteshvara and her emanations appear just below and to the right
of the Buddha, and on his left is Sakyamuni surrounded by bodhisattvas. The White
Droma is seated below him.