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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Traditional Baby Carriers
Courtesy of National Museum of PreHistory of China

Tuck Your Baby In with a Blessing: Traditional Baby Carriers from China
March 11 -- July 5, 2015
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.

 

Jiro Osuga Painting
Zen and the Art of Cooking Instant Noodles, 2010, Oil on canvas, 23 x 20 inches
Courtesy of Flowers Gallery, New York, NY

The Everyday Joys of Japan: Paintings By Jiro Osuga
March 11—July 5, 2015
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.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

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]

 

Tibetan Buddhist Print
Assembly Tree with Amitabha
Woodblock print on paper, mounted on a silk scroll
Derge Sutra Printing House, Derge, Sichuan, 2007
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University

Pearl of the Snowlands: Tibetan Buddhist Printing from the Derge Parkhang
March 11—July 5, 2015
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 Rubin Foundation

 

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.

 

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