Tibetan Arts Week at The Dorsky Museum, Nov. 2-6

NEW PALTZ – The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz announces Tibetan Arts Week, a series of public programs and discussions with leading artists and scholars, in conjunction with The Dorsky’s current exhibition Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art (through December 15). Anonymous is an exhibition of contemporary Tibetan art featuring over 50 works of painting, sculpture, installation, and video art by 27 artists living in Tibet and in diaspora that explores the tension between an ancient culture’s unbroken artistic tradition and the personality-driven world of contemporary art.
The following public programs are free to all, unless noted otherwise. More at: www.newpaltz.edu/museum/programs/special_events.html.

“Anonymous: A Symposium on Tibetan Identity and Culture”
Saturday, Nov. 2, 1–4 p.m., The Dorsky Museum and Lecture Center 102, SUNY New Paltz
Exhibition curator Rachel Perera Weingeist opens the symposium with a gallery tour of Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art at The Dorsky at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., the symposium moves to Lecture Center 102 for presentations by Tibetan historian Elliot Sperling (Indiana University), Asian Art Curator Kurt Behrendt (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), and a panel discussion that also includes Rachel Perera Weingeist and artist Tenzing Rigdol, moderated by Jonathan Schwartz, director of the Asian Studies Program at SUNY New Paltz.

First Sunday Free Gallery Tour with Guest Educator Beth Thomas
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m., The Dorsky Museum

Distinguished Speaker, Robert A.F. Thurman: “Tibetan Culture as World Treasure”
Monday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., Lecture Center 100, SUNY New Paltz
Robert A.F. Thurman, the Jey Tsong Khapa professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and president of the Tibet House U.S., will speak on “Tibetan Culture as World Treasure.” For information and tickets visit www.newpaltz.edu/speakerseries/.

Film Screening of “Tibet in Song” by Ngawang Choephel
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale, N.Y.
Filmmaker Ngawang Choephel presents his film “Tibet in Song,” winner of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize. The beauty of traditional Tibetan folk music is showcased through a variety of working songs, songs about family, and the beauty of the land. Suggested donation of $5. For more information about the Rosendale Theatre visit http://rosendaletheatre.org/.

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, located at SUNY New Paltz, has more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries. The Dorsky was officially dedicated on Oct. 20, 2001. Since then it has presented over one hundred exhibitions, including commissions, collection-based projects, and in-depth studies of contemporary and historic Hudson Valley artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff, Carolee Schneemann, Eugene Speicher and Russel Wright, and international artists including Seydou Keita and Ushio Shinohara.

The Friends of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and the State University of New York at New Paltz provide ongoing support for The Dorsky’s exhibitions and programs. Additional support for Anonymous public education programs has been provided by The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.

For more information about The Dorsky Museum, and its programs, visit
www.newpaltz.edu/museum or call (845) 257-3844.