Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

338 Lighthouse Avenue
Staten Island NY 10306

Phone: 718-987-3500
Contact: Cortney Easley
Email: ceasley@tibetanmuseum.org


The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is pleased to open a new exhibition, Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion on March 29, 2009. The purpose of Tibetan Portrait is to heighten visitor’s awareness of Tibet, a mountainous region of the Himalayas. March 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s flight from Tibet and the popular uprising against Chinese occupation. Through portraits, interactive displays, and objects, the exhibition shows the traditions and beliefs of the Tibetan people. The Tibetan Portrait exhibit is about understanding the incredibly rich Tibetan culture and the people who have maintained compassion in the face of tremendous difficulties. It emphasizes cultural understanding and religious tolerance. The exhibition will remain on view at the Museum through December 2010. Tibetan Portrait highlights photographic portraits of Tibetan people by renowned contemporary artist Phil Borges. Borges’ portraits introduce viewers to individuals from a deeply spiritual culture who have been marginalized and displaced by the occupation of their homeland. The portraits range from images of everyday people, including nomads and children, to important historic figures such as the Dalai Lama. Tibetan Portrait also features interactive displays focusing on aspects of traditional Tibetan culture such as a map of Tibet’s changing borders, a moveable display of Himalayan mountains, audio recordings of mantra chanting, and a hands-on display of Tibetan prayer wheels.

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