Tibetan and Himalayan Lifeworlds Exhibit

January 6, 2017

An exhibit providing a window onto the unique culture and environment of the ‘Roof of the World' opens today at the Baker-Berry Library. "Tibetan and Himalyan Lifeworlds" explores the social and religious practices that shape life in Asia’s high mountain environments, explores the political history of the region, and describes some of the encounters between foreigners and Himalayan and Tibetan people over time. The exhibit has been curated by Senior Lecturer Kenneth Bauer and Associate Professor Sienna Craig. Bauer also leads the Human Development initiative at the Dickey Center for International Understanding. 

Tibetan and Himalayan Lifeworlds is enriched by the presence on campus of artist Tenzin Norbu, a painter from Dolpo, Nepal. Norbu studied traditional thangka painting as well as Buddhism from his father, following a lineage of painters that dates back more than 400 years. He is also one of the leading figures in contemporary Tibetan art. In January 2017, Norbu will spend time painting in Baker-Berry Main Hall, visiting classes, and staging a popup exhibit of some of his recent work at the Black Family Arts Center. This exhibit and Tenzin Norbu’s residency at Dartmouth is made possible by support from the Dartmouth Libraries, the HOOD Museum of Art, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Center, the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies program, and the departments of Anthropology, Art History, and Studio Art.

"Tibetan and Himalyan Lifeworlds" will be on display until March 31, 2017, with a reception on Wednesday, January 25, 3:00-4:30pm at the library. 

An exhibition of prints and paintings by the painter Tenzin Norbu along with images by photographer Beth Wald will be displayed at the Russo Gallery, Haldeman Center, January 19-27, 2017.

Read a description in the Library Muse blog

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