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2009 exhibition

Pearl of the Snowlands: Buddhist Printing at the Derge Parkhang

Exhibition dates: September 11 to December 5, 2009
Opening reception: Sept. 11  5-8pm

Panel discussion: Nov. 21  3:30 pm
History, Printing and People:
The Derge Parkhang and Tibetan Cultural Revival with panelists Patrick Dowdey, Wesleyan University; Clifton Meador, Columbia College; Yudru Tsomo, Lawrence University; James Canary, Indiana University

Workshop: Nov. 21-22:
The Himalayan Book, James Canary

A catalog of the exhibition will be available on September 11

Please visit the Derge Parkhang website for more information

Founded in 1729, the Derge Parkhang (also called the Derge Sutra Printing Temple) is a world cultural treasure, a repository of the cultural memory, literature and art of the Tibetan people. The Parkhang stores over 300,000 woodblocks that are used to publish sutra (holy scripture), commentaries, and histories of Tibetan Traditional Buddhism. It is a living institution, one of the most important religious sites in Tibet and a destination for both pilgrims and increasingly for tourists. It is the only surviving traditional printing temple in Tibet.

At the Derge Parkhang, books are still being made in the same way as they have been for nearly 300 years: hand printed from hand-carved wooden blocks, with ink and paper locally manufactured in a centuries-old tradition. As the exhibition and the accompanying catalog will show, the Derge Parkhang is an institution supported by a community of skilled artisans practicing crafts that not long ago were under threat of disappearing. The government of China, once hostile to all forms of religion, has in recent decades relaxed its restrictions and today printing at the temple flourishes.

This exhibition, officially sanctioned by the Derge Parkhang, will consist of artifacts, photographs, and interviews collected in Derge: up to 60 24 by 30 inch wood block printed thangka (meditational image), specimen copies of typical books (also printed from wood blocks), actual wood blocks used in the production of prayer flags, photographs documenting the processes used in creating these artifacts, and videotape of the workers producing books and prints. The exhibition intends to present this material in a setting reminiscent of the interior of the temple. A special program in November will bring a panel of experts together to present views of the temple’s place in history, and a workshop will offer a hands-on experience of the techniques employed in book and papermaking throughout the Himalayan region.


Dismantling the Corporate State, and Other Amusements

An exhibition of work by Anne Elizabeth Moore

For almost a decade, Anne Elizabeth Moore has been targeting injustice with little but her quick wit and a photocopier, impacting the public conversations around coffee shop gentrification, youth marketing, advertising’s destruction of democracy, giant sporty mega-events, and the relevance of silliness to political discourse. Her work has received rave reviews from the business press, been collected by and displayed in major museums, and gotten her ejected from retail establishments by armed police officers. It includes a wide range of both personal projects and collaborations, from Chicago to Cambodia. A retrospective of sorts, this exhibition will be the first to present this work in one place.

June 19–August 22, 2009.
Opening Reception: June 19, 6–9 pm

Related event:
A talk by Anne Elizabeth Moore
featuring the presentation of the Anne Elizabeth Moore Award
for Excellence in Awesomeness
Friday, August 21, 6:30 pm

Established in 2005 as an antidote to barriers that had been erected to prevent Anne Elizabeth Moore from winning other awards, the Anne Elizabeth Moore Award for Excellence in Awesomeness is juried annually by Anne Elizabeth Moore, who for several years had only ever considered herself in the running for it. A major upset in the award’s history occurred in 2007 when dark horse candidate Sarah Fan appeared, seemingly from nowhere, to claim victory. Judges were, however, deeply impressed by her dedicated awesomeness and found her level of excellence equally outstanding. The 2008 award returned to long-standing favorite Anne Elizabeth Moore in Chicago, Illinois, whose achievements had gone unrecognized for several consecutive months except by her cat, and by the occasional conspicuous consumption of pie, which, while delicious, is sometimes just not enough.

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