Mr. Michael Gordon is a U.S. artist and educator working in Nepal on a Fulbright student grant. He received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MFA from California College of the Arts. His current research project examines the socioeconomic, cultural, and artistic landscape of contemporary Buddhist art.
For some, Thangka and Paubha are portals to the divine, painted with rigorous devotion to Buddhist ideals. For others, they are a means of economic resilience. Sacred Survival at Siddhartha Art Gallery examines the practices of seven contemporary painters working and living in the Kathmandu valley. Their stories, curated by Mr. Gordon as a culmination of his Fulbright grant, exhibit the tension between an art market fueled by mass consumption and a traditional practice striving to maintain authenticity. Sacred Survival will open on May 11th at 5:00 pm and run through May 21, 2018.