Art to Calibrate the Mind: Contemporary Landscapes of Thangka and Paubha Painting in Nepal
Speaker – Mr. Michael D. Gordon, Fulbright Student Researcher of Painting
Date - Monday, May 21, 2018
Time - 5:00 p.m.
Venue - Siddhartha Art Gallery, Baber Mahal Revisited, Tanka Prasad Ghumti, Sadak, Kathmandu
Traditionally, Thangka painting offered an opportunity for the accumulation of spiritual merit in the Buddhist tradition. Today, hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to Nepal every year seeking adventure, excitement, and a land of spiritual mysticism. How do these objects reflect the rise of individualism, democratization, and secularization in contemporary Nepal? How do artist, merchants and distributors navigate questions of authenticity, cultural preservation, and economic survival ? And what do these practices reveal about discipline of craft in a world of mass consumption?
Michael Gordon is an artist and researcher. His work has taken him around the world collaborate with graffiti artist in Bogotá and Tibetan monks in Kathmandu. He received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MFA from California College of the Arts. His pieces have been exhibited in the De Young Museum in San Francisco, AICAD Studios in New York, and Abigail Ogilvy gallery in Boston. His current a Fulbright Research in Nepal examines the socioeconomic, cultural, and artistic landscape of contemporary Buddhist art. He has also been teaching and creating work at the Kathmandu University Center for Art and Design as an Artist in Residence.