Opening reception and lecture for two Loeb exhibitions

May 7, 4:00 p.m.

Loeb galleries, then Taylor 102

Celebration of two exhibitions at the Loeb on view until July 31, 2022:

Mastery and Merit: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection of Tibetan Art


Beyond the Threshold: Tibetan Contemporary Art

Drawn from the Jack Shear Collection, Mastery and Merit presents more than thirty works that demonstrate the multivalent and critical roles of Buddhist masters, as well as the rich diversity of merit-generating practices available to devotees. Displayed across three galleries, the exhibition highlights multiple Tibetan Buddhist masters and reincarnation lineages; deities associated with everyday concerns like healing, wealth, and removing obstacles; and a selection of images associated with sophisticated, highly esoteric practices available to advanced initiates.

Beyond the Threshold highlights the diversity of contemporary Tibetan creative expression, presenting works from ten artists based around the world. Born between the 1950s and 1990s, these artists are translating their experiences and insights for global audiences, driving Tibetan art into new territory by repurposing familiar imagery, providing commentary on consumer culture, and engaging social issues. Simultaneously, Tibetan and non-Tibetan viewers alike are provided space, where they are invited to discern and determine meanings for themselves, and to consider their own assumptions.

Reception will take place in the Loeb galleries from 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. followed by a panel of speakers in Taylor Hall Room 201. Ariana Maki, Associate Director of the University of Virginia Tibet Center and Bhutan Initiative and guest curator for both exhibitions, will lead a discussion of the exhibitions with contributions from faculty members from Vassar, Skidmore, and Williams College. For more information, call (845) 437-5237.

Free and open to all.


Detail of a painting of a Tibetan deity by Tsherin Sherpa
Tsherin Sherpa, b. 1968, Untitled (detail), 2014, Gold leaf, acrylic, and ink on cotton, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection.