Inspirational Spirit

July 13, 2007

The Visual Arts Gallery is hosting a pair of new exhibitions that draw inspiration from one of today’s leading spiritual figures, the Dalai Lama. “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama” is an exhibition that compliments and expands upon the selection of art on view at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street. Over 80 contemporary artists from 30 countries have contributed works of art to the shows at these two venues, using a broad array of media to express their personal interpretations of and reflections on the Dalai Lama’s philosophies and ideals. The Visual Arts Gallery will display approximately 25 works by such well-known artists as Richard Avedon, Anish Kapoor and Sebastiao Salgado, as well as contemporary artists Sanford Biggers, alumnus Long-Bin Chen (MFA 1994 Fine Arts) and Katarina Wong.

In conjunction with “The Missing Peace” is a companion exhibition, “Everything I Do Always Comes Back To Me,” curated by longtime faculty member and current Acting Chairman Milton Glaser. “Everything I Do…” features work by more than 25 SVA faculty and alumni—including fine artists Julian LaVerdiere, who created Towers of Light, Suzanne Anker and Jake Berthot, and designers James Victore, Kevin O’Callaghan and Stefan Sagmeister—commenting on conflict, compassion and the Buddhist ethic. Both exhibitions are at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, July 12 – August 22.

Image: Suzanne Anker, Buddha Baby, 2004; from “Everything I Do Always Comes Back To Me.”

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