Anonymous, an exhibit by modern Tibetan artists exploring self-expression, attribution, and identity in contemporary Tibet, will open at the Queens Museum Sept. 21 and run through Jan. 4, 2015. An opening reception will be held on opening day, 4-7 pm.
In her review in the summer issue of Buddhadharma, Kay Larson explains the exhibition’s title:
“Artist-monks wielding brushes in the monastery workshops would never have signed whatever thangka they were working on; the idea would be preposterous. But for the twenty-seven artists in this show, which originated at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and is traveling to other locations, anonymity carries a different weight; it recalls how Tibetans have been deliberately silenced in the twenty-first century. Weingeist at first thought she would play with this theme by making everyone in the exhibition anonymous, but Western-oriented artists vehemently opposed the idea. Even so, some artists need to mask their names because they risk punishment for speaking out.”
Click here for Kay Larson’s full review of this remarkable collection.