Past Exhibitions

Divine Feminine
Dharmapala Thangka Center

March 15 – May 11, 2018

This exhibition presents new work from the Dharmapala Thangka Center in Nepal. It celebrates the significant and specific roles of female icons in the liberation and enlightenment of sentient beings.

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Lives of the Dalai Lama

January 11 – March 1, 2018

This exhibit features a unique series of print works depicting the lineage of the Dalai Lamas. According to Tibetan Buddhism, each Dalai Lama is the reincarnation of his predecessors who are the manifestations of Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig, the patron saint of Tibet and Bodhisattva of Compassion. Starting with Pema Dorje (1391–1474), the disciple of Tsongkhapa and founder of the Gelugpa school, also known as Gendun Drup, the institution of the Dalai Lamas has played an important role in the development and evolution of Tibet.

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Repatriation Art Collection
Tibet House US Repatriation Collection

November 20, 2017 – January 2, 2018

The Repatriation Collection was started in 1992 in the wake of our international blockbuster Wisdom and Compassion Exhibition as part of our mandate to present, preserve, and promote the endangered cultural heritage of Tibet. This growing collection has been created by generous collectors who are deeply concerned about the future of Tibetan culture, and continue thoughtfully to donate representative examples of the vast and sophisticated repertoire that they appreciate and love. Surviving art objects from the mass destruction before and during the Cultural Revolution have appeared in museums and in the international art market, and an emerging understanding of their aesthetic beauty and symbolic meaning has firmly established the distinctive excellence of the Tibetan artistic tradition. We gratefully acknowledge the wisdom and generosity of all the contributors to the Tibet House Repatriation Collection.

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Dharma Art: Calligraphy by Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar

September 15 – November 8, 2017

Tibetan master calligrapher Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar’s unique art reflects his deep devotion to Dharma. Coined “Dharma Art” by the Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it is a linguistic dance of Buddhist images and elements — encompassing Lord Buddha’s body, spirit, and mind. Boldly experimenting with a variety of media and styles, his work is constantly evolving.  The startling beauty and detail in Jamyang’s work stems from his deep devotion to the teachings of Buddha and his love for the Tibetan language. His calligraphic depictions of Buddhist deities often serve as meditation tools, have been exhibited internationally, and are in private collections worldwide. This is his second solo show at Tibet House US.

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Glimpses of Mustang: Works by Jaroslav Poncar

May 23 – July 27, 2017

Mustang is a tiny Tibetan region in the Himalayas, well hidden behind the two eight thousand meter peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Prior to 2008, Mustang was a kingdom within the Kingdom of Nepal. Since 1992, its borders have been open to a controlled number of foreign visitors. In 1996 Jaroslav Poncar travelled to Mustang to photographically document the best examples of traditional Tibetan architecture.

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Tibetan Tangkas Today

March 10-May 11, 2017

This exhibition features sacred tangka artworks created by internationally acclaimed master artist and tangka painter Karsang Lama from the Dharmapala Thangka Center of Kathmandu in Nepal. Tibetan sacred paintings are unframed and can be rolled up, often depict Buddhist deities. In this show, both peaceful and wrathful deities from the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions will be on display. The role of wrathful iconography is to provide protection for religious practitioners as well as sacred Tibetan Buddhist sites.

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Silent Spaces: Works by Matjaz Krivic

January 12 – March 1, 2017

In this series of panoramic photographs, Slovenian artist Matjaz Krivic explores Tibet’s venues of veneration and celebrations of life. The artist captures the vibrancy of sacred sites, be they stupas, mountains, rivers, or monuments, and conveys the reverberations of worship, gratitude, and adoration for life on earth, achieved through silence and meditation. Matjaz Krivic is an award-winning documentary photographer who has traveled the globe capturing the distinctiveness and grandeur of indigenous people and places for 18 years.

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Instantaneous Vision of Radiance
Tibet House US Repatriation Collections

December 7, 2016- January 3, 2017

The aesthetics of Tibetan Buddhist art is based upon revealing the Buddhist understanding of the way things truly are. Because of this, Tibetan art, expressed primarily by deities and their setting, possess an intensity, a power and a reality that appear more penetrating, more beautiful, and greater than ordinary….Utmost care is taken in the precise depiction of these emanations of wisdom and compassion – they break the veil of “illusion” and offer a complete, instantaneous vision of the radiant beauty and power of pure reality.

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From Earth to the Divine: Contemporary Mongolian Expressionism

September 9 – November 17, 2016

This exhibition brings together for the first time in New York renowned artists from Mongolia who bring their artistic creations through paintings, engravings, sculptures, Tsam masks, and puppetry. The Mongolian artists represented here depict a distinctive nomadic and animalistic culture. They present imagery from the vast steppe, with spiritual ties and shamanistic traditions and referencing Mongolia’s flora and fauna, as well as Buddhist ritual objects and masks.

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Empowering the Extraordinary Dakinis
Rima Fujita

May 20 – August 4, 2016

Empowering the Extraordinary Dakinis is an exhibit featuring artist Rima Fujita’s recent series of work exploring the theme of female empowerment. Ms. Fujita examines women’s spiritual roles through iconography, tales and figures from the Buddhist tradition and spiritual cultures, as well as drawing upon modern influences. “My works celebrate the timelessness of female beauty and power,” says Ms. Fujita.

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Bridging Realms: Contemporary Tibetan Art
Tashi Norbu, Sonam Dolma, Ngawang Jorden, Tara Lobsang, Tenzin Phuntsok, Passang Topgay Tenzin Ngawang, Sarah Rose Hector Marcel, Gonkar Gyatso, Karma Phuntsok, Rima Fujita,   Tashi Lodoe, Peter Makela, Tashi Wangchuk, Konchok Rinchen, Gina de la Chesnaye ‎

March 11 – May 10, 2016

This exhibit presents contemporary works connected by Tibetan cultural and philosophical thought embracing contradiction and reconciling polarities. Questioning the logic of ordinary perception and Aristotle’s law of non-contradiction in their paintings, mixed media and photography, the artists rely on provocative and paradoxical aspects of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy and the ideal of the “middle way between extremes.”

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Tibet – Looking Back
Jaroslav Poncar

January 15 – March 2, 2016

Jaroslav Poncar’s photographs of Tibet were taken over four extensive journeys more than twenty years ago.  On his journey to Tibet in 1985, he travelled overland from Chengdu to Lhasa, and further to the former kingdom Guge in the extreme West, experiencing the country as it looked ages ago.

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Sublime World 
Sonam Lhamo & Tiffani Gyatso

October 23 – December 21, 2015

Sublime Worlds features artists Sonam Lhamo’s and Tiffani Gyatso’s highly emotive and imaginative mixed-media paintings. Their works reflect inner consciousness, spontaneity, practice and awareness, nurtured by Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, folklore and symbolism and the artists’ own spiritual journeys.
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Vagabond
Chungpo Tsering

November 14 – December 29, 2014

Chungpo Tsering’s work blends political and cultural themes to visualize the political oppression of his homeland and national identity. By incorporating elements such as Tibetan script, Tsering’s abstract paintings evoke a sense of collage, and trace the artist’s emotional perspective on what it means t be Tibetan in the current political climate, and without any geographical permanence.

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Weight of Happiness
Rima Fujita      Michela Martello

September 5 – October 16, 2014

Weight of Happiness, is a two-artist exhibition featuring artworks variously inspired by Buddhism, folklore, dreams, the artists’ cultural heritage (Italy and  Japan), symbolism and spirituality as interpreted by Ms. Rima Fujita and Ms. Michela Martello.  This will be the second showing of Ms. Fujita’s works at Tibet House US and the first collaboration between the two artists.

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Transmutations
New Paintings by Benigna Chilla

May 23 – August 1, 2014

This exhibition features Benigna Chilla’s new series of large-scale paintings created after her 2012 stay in Bhutan. Vivid yet meditative, they employ architectural, geometric and symmetric natural forms, Bhutanese design elements, textiles and tangkas. Texture is layered from natural pigments like turmeric, saffron and minerals. The meditative and physical process of painting is as important to Benigna as the pieces themselves. The exhibition also features a series of small intaglio prints with embroidery.

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Transcending Boundaries, Reflecting Change
Tashi Norbu

March 14 – May 5, 2014

Tashi Norbu explores the imagery of modern Tibet, referencing the Buddhist notions of flux and change, interdependence, and absence. Educated as a traditional tangka painter and later in contemporary art, Tashi juxtaposes the contemplative aesthetics of tangka painting and calligraphy with the energy of abstract expressionism and pop culture. Using the unicorn as a metaphor for transformation, he sees change as an instrument for liberation: “Apart from being ruthless, change gives hope to us Tibetans. We have to grow out of our present situation, as the lotus grows out of the mud, by accepting change, nourishing the Buddha nature of ourselves in the modern world, and revealing our faults fearlessly. If we grow within ourselves, we gain freedom.”

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Mandala: Locus of Thought

 January 9 – March 3, 2014

Mandala: Locus of Thought explores the Mandala’s elemental form and union of seemingly irreconcilable binaries as a guide for parallel systems of reasoning. An ancient symbol of the universe, the mandala is a visual aid to the transformative process of meditation, depicting a synthesized physical and metaphysical ideal.  This exhibition explores the duality of the mandala as a locus–both a locality and an abstract center of power–through the work of fifteen contemporary NYC-based artists. These artists employ familiar geometry and architectural elements to represent intangible concepts, reaching towards the absolute with a vocabulary of earthly equivalents.

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Steppe Nirvana
Zorikto Dorzhiev

December 18-29, 2013

Zorikto Dorzhiev is known for his visceral and dynamic work that pays tribute to his Buryat herit­age. Born in Ulan-Ude, in the region of Russia bordering Mongolia, Dorzhiev graduated with honors from the Krasnoyarsk State An Institute. After mastering his skill with several wellknown Siberian anists, he has been exclusively repre­sented by the Khankhalaev Gallery in Moscow, Russia since 2005. “Steppe Nirvana” is a collec­tion of Dorzhiev’s most recent works, created be­tween 2011 and 2013.

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Faces of Peace
Natalie Ford

December 18-26, 2013

Faces of Peace Buddhas have been photographed from all over the world. Each photograph is a Limited Edition.  Natalie Ford is a Los Angeles/NYC based Fine Art photographer. Her past exhibit include: 25CPW Fine Art Gallery,New York, NY: May 2013; Yoga Collective, Los Angeles, CA: November 2012.

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Buddhas in the Garden
Hedy Klineman

October 3 to December 12, 2013

Hedy Klineman employs vibrant color and spiritual imagery to offer keen social insight, a mark of her forty-year career. She depicts the mystical visage and stone Buddha repeatedly like a mantra that coalesces and calms.

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Dharma Art
Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar

August 8 – September 23, 2013

Jamyang’s calligraphy is a linguistic dance of Buddhist images and elements. He encompasses Lord Buddha’s body, spirit and mind in what Lama Zopa Rinpoche called his “Dharma Art.” Boldly experimenting with a variety of mediums and styles, Jamyang’s work is constantly evolving. The startling beauty and detail in Jamyang’s work comes from his deep devotion to the teachings of Buddha and his love for the Tibetan language.

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The Universe Within
Govinda Shah ‘Azad’

May 23 – July 28, 2013

Rooted in the Hindu-Tibetan traditions of Nepal, Govinda’s early paintings include the images of gods represented in religious devotional painting and sculpture. His earlier work presents the figure in a Himalayan landscape, an element that came to inspire his visual explorations of cloud formations as symbols of creation, fertility, and heaven.

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Form is Emptiness
Abstract Paintings by Michael Katz

March 14 – May 14, 2013

Michael Katz crafts abstract expressionist images vibrant in color and transcendent in depth, suggesting the dynamism and layers of the Buddhist journey. A writer, doctor and visual artist, Katz orchestrates fragments toward unity in ways playful and animated. Katz says, “The artist is akin to the alchemist transforming the mundane into the transcendent as an alternative to the gross materialism and deadening conformity too present in our daily life. In my art I seek to communicate a sense of possibility, freedom, energy, and spontaneity as I weave symbols and a personal vocabulary…My work is frequently suggestive of inner dynamism, mystical forms and elusive meanings that excite and linger just beyond the tip of the tongue.”

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Independent Tibet Exhibition: 1913-1950

February 13 – March 7, 2013

The year 2013 will mark 100 years since the 13th Dalai Lama issued Tibet’s Declaration of Independence from the Manchu Empire. Tibet House US is honored to be working with US Tibet Committee, Tibetan National Congress, Chushi Gangtruk, Tibetan Community of NY & NJ, Tibetan Youth Congress of NY & NJ and Students for a Free Tibet to commemorate the 100 anniversary of the declaration with an exhibition of rare memorabilia, media and images from independent Tibet, 1913-1950.

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Contemporary Nirmankaya
Buddhist Iconography by Leah and Stan Goldberg

September 13 – November 14, 2012

Stunning in detail, these contemporary Buddhist tangkas and mandalas created by artists Leah and Stan Goldberg are steeped in tradition and infused with an enthusiasm borne from the advice of a confidant of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be more righteous in art and life.

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Mystic Nostalgia
Paintings by Tiffani Gyatso

June 14 to August 1, 2012

Mystic Nostalgia reflects an internal process of the search for explanations of what we yearn to know but cannot name – the holes in open spaces and claustrophobic places – the longing for something that can not be known and is related to the mystic. This series of paintings reflects visions by artist Tiffani Gyatso that have come in relation to her own spiritual search guided by Buddhist principles through the obscurities of samsara. Within this journey, the Himalayas are perceived as a dream-like place, through the eyes of exiled natives who keep it beautiful in their memoires or those who create its image in a poetic way.

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Tibetan Tapestries: Dream Weaves from the Himalayas
Designs by José Sanint

February 28 to April 24, 2012

Tibetan Tapestries features beautiful and modern hand-woven textiles created by Tibetan artisans, using an ancient and maternal Tibetan-Himalayan-Buddhist weaving tradition.  The majority of these textiles are made from antique ceremonial garbs between 100 and 200 years old that have been carefully restored and translated into meaningful works of art.  They feature patterns designed by Jose Sanint, a Colombian architect and devoted Buddhist practitioner.

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Mongol Visions: Winged Horses and Shamanic Skies
Contemporary Masters from the Land of Chinggis Khaan

December 1, 2011 – February 15, 2012

Tibet House is delighted to join in the celebration of this inspiring and magical legacy by hosting an exhibition with some of Mongolia’s greatest young artists whose works bring together the integrity of tradition and the creative impulse of the contemporary aesthetic. These celebrated artists include Gankhuyag Natsag, whose paintings, statues and traditional lama dance masks have shown in more than a dozen cities around the world; D. Soyolmaa, renowned for bringing the clarity and precision of traditional Buddhist art into a contemporary ambiance; T. Nurmaa, famed for her ability to capture on canvas the radiance and raw intensity of the Mongolian spirit; D. Bulgantuya, an acclaimed artist who has received rave reviews in Sofia, Budapest, Warsaw, Kiev, and Vienna; and Ts. Bolor, especially known for her “aesthetics of the feminine.”

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Tibetan Contemporary Art: Tantric Vision in Modern Self-Expression
Artists: Benchung, Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar, Samten Dakpa, Keltse, Sonam Lhamo, Nortse, Tsering Nyandak, Karma Phuntsok, Tenzing Rigdol, Pema Rinzin, Pema Namdol Thaye, and Rabkar Wangchuk.

September 14 – November 15, 2011

Traditionally in Tibet, the function of the artist was to create sacred work and to open doorways of perception between the human, divine, and demonic realms. Highly skilled artists painted enlightened beings with precise proportions and archetypal iconography, set in mystical landscapes and exquisite heavenscapes. Though the greatest artists were celebrated for their clear vision and dynamic creativity, the artist’s individuality was secondary to a visionary, tantric artistic legacy of great yogic teachers and adept practitioners. However, individual creativity was highly honored and encouraged to flourish within the mandalic parameters of the sacred patterns. Tibetan art’s special contribution was making the surreal seem real and the real seem surreal, with vivid clarity and ecstatic beauty.

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Dalai Lama and His People
Artists: Don Farber

June 30 – September 14, 2011

Don Farber captures the life and work of His Holiness the Dalai Lama across a 30-year span in this inspirational exhibition. Farber’s photographs highlight the reverence shown to His Holiness Dalai Lama wherever he goes and captures the quieter moments that reveal the private individual and his compelling humanity. By following his footsteps through this photographic journey, we receive a rare view into the life of this beloved world religious leader. The photographs in the exhibition are included in Farber’s latest book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, published by teNeues.

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Alchemy of Light
Artists: Mary Conover

Opening Reception: May 12 to June 22, 2011

Alchemy of Light offers an investigation of consciousness, with light as its primary metaphor. Alchemy refers to Jung’s theories on the psychological process of transmutation through conflict. Conover works in the tradition of abstractionists like Malevich and Agnes Martin, viewing art as an investigation into reality’s unchanging core.
Conover’s use of color evokes a complex state of sensual anticipation and symbiotic calm. The natural world serves as her inspiration. The paintings are constructed from the relationship between the light of physics and an inner light, or pure consciousness, both of which lie beyond space and time.

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Celestial Gold
Fine Jewelry from the Himalayas

March 17 to May 4, 2011

The jewelry of the Himalayas has been reserved for the wealthy and powerful for centuries, reflecting social and political status, while expressing deeply ingrained views about what is beautiful. Often ornate, these private adornments for public display are resplendent with turquoise and coral, encrusted with pearl and lapis lazuli, with gold filigree embracing the stones and deities adorning them.

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The Menris Tradition of Tibetan Thangka Art
Traditional Paintings by the New Generation in Exile

January 20 to March 2, 2011

The Menris tradition is characterized by clear outlines, strong colors, fine shadings, and its accentuations in gold. This exhibition offers a glimpse of classical tangka art persevered by a new generation of students. In addition to completed works, the exhibition includes a set of unfinished works to illustrate the process of tangka creation.  The Menris tradition of tangka art flourished and survived in Tibet for centuries until its interruption by the Chinese Communist invasion. Ven. Sangye Yeshi, who fled to India in 1959, helped sustain the tradition in exile, at the personal request of His Holiness Dalai Lama.

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Masterpieces of Contemporary Buddhist & Hindu Tantric Art Newar and Tibetan Paintings
Collection of Robert Beer

November 19, 2009 – February 3, 2010

From collector to artist & back again: Reviving the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist iconography one thankga at a time. Selections from the collection of Robert Beer on display through February 3rd, 2010.

This exhibition will feature many new paintings made by the finest Newar and Tamang artists of Nepal over the last six years, revealing how this contemporary renaissance of modern tantric art has continued to flourish amidst the chaos of the Kathmandu Valley.

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A Tibetan Pilgrim: Travel Through the Vanishing Himalaya
Photographs by Tenzin Paljor

November 19, 2009 – February 3, 2010

In 2007, following the receipt of a prestigious grant from the Rowell Fund for Tibet, Tenzing Paljor initiated the Vanishing Himalaya Project and traveled through the Himalaya photo documenting culture, tradition and cultural heritage, a journey he describes as a “pilgrimage”. The Tibetan word for pilgrimage is neykhor, and it means “to circumnavigate around the sacred places.” The intention is less to reach an ultimate destination, but rather to transcend one’s mind through inspired travel.

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Dark Heavens: Hunters and Shamans of Mongolia
Hamid Sardar

May 6-August 20, 2010

Tibet House US presents an exhibition of stunning photographs by Hamid Sardar entitled “Dark Heavens: Hunters and Shamans of Mongolia”.  After living in Nepal and exploring Tibet and the Himalayas for more than a decade, Hamid went to Outer Mongolia in 2000 to document the nomadic tribes and their way of life.

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Modern Buddhist Visions
Pema Thaye

February 11 – April 16, 2010

The modern hand of Tibetan tradition: Buddhist iconography in the mandala, tangka & sculpture works of Pema Thaye on display in the Tibet House US Gallery starting February 11th, 2010. Pema Thaye is renowned for his expertise in traditional Tibetan tangka painting, sculpture and the creation of rare three dimensional mandalas. Comprising complex geometry, symbolism and iconography, the arts of ancient Tibet represent one of the most elaborate and detailed spiritual and artistic traditions in the world. Pema Thaye has provided an important contribution to this traditional art for more than 28 years.

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Potraits of Tibetan Monastic Life
Sheila Rock

October 9 – 29, 2003

Sheila Rock was born in the United States and has lived and worked in London since 1970. Since 1979, she has had a successful career photographing the entertainment and music industry. Subjects include artists such as Sting, Paul Weller, Enya, Yossou N’Dour, Sinead O’Connor, Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel, Sir Simon Rattle and institutions such the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet in London.

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Photographs by Steve McCurry
March 27 – June 28, 2003

Faces of Peace
An Exhibition of paintings by Joan Bredin-Price
February 18 – March 21, 2003

Master of Enlightenment
Paintings by Robert Beer and the Atelier of Marc Baudin
November 9, 2001 – January 10, 2002

Dharma Arts
Visionary Paintings by Dugu Choegyal Rinpoche
September 6 – November 2, 2001

Art Treasure from the Land of Snow
Selections from the Tibet House US Repatriation Collection
July 6 – September 22, 2000

World of Transformation
Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion
April 27 – August 28, 1999

Vajra Art of Nechung Monastery
March 18 – April 17, 1999

Horizons of the Sacred: The Tibetan View of Shangri-la
September 15 – October 31, 1998

The Tibetan Art of Healing
May 7 – August 14, 1998