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Newark Museum Presents Annual Tibetan Collection Lecture on Thursday

May 15, 2009

by Allison Freeman for the Newark Museum
May 13, 2009M

Come to the Newark Museum and learn how Tibetan
monks prepared citizens for the afterlife through
their artwork at the Museum's Annual Tibetan
Collection Lecture on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30
pm. This year's lecture entitled "From the Bardo
to Rebirth: Tibetan Visions of Potential
Lifetimes," will feature Dr. Katherine Anne Paul,
the Museum's Himalayan Specialist and Curator of
the Arts of Asia Collection, who will discuss the
Bardo, sacred paintings and the Museum's vast Tibetan collection.

"The Bardo is the period 49 days between death
and rebirth, which is experienced by every
individual, regardless of social status or
profession," Curator Paul said. "Many of the
paintings prepare Buddhists for what they will encounter after they die."

Paul will discuss the many paintings created by
anonymous monks, focusing on the art in the
Museum's collection. The sacred paintings will
delve into the most intimate fears of an
individual's soul as one encounters the spirit of the Bardo.

Many Tibetans believed that they would meet many
Deities after they passed away. Paul likened this
to the Charles Dickens classic play "A Christmas
Carol," where Scrooge is visited by many ghosts.
In the paintings that will be focused upon, Paul
will talk about how the top of the work features
all of the Gods that a person will encounter in
the first seven days following their death.

The annual lecture will also focus on the Newark
Museum's Tibetan Collection, which consists of an
outstanding array of Tibetan-Buddhist paintings
and sculptures, historical photographs and a
dazzling array of jewelry and costumes. Paul will
point out the significance of these items and how
to understand them. Her presentation will look at
the sacred and the sublime and every-day realities in pre-1959 Tibet.

"The Newark Museum has one of the most
extraordinary collections of historic photos of
Tibet before 1959," said Paul, who noted that
most of the Museum's photographs are from 1910 to
the 1930's taken before the Dalai Lama left the
country in 1959. The photographs depict daily
life for Tibetan citizens during this time period.

Paul will celebrate her first year as the Newark
Museum's Curator of the Arts of Asia with this lecture.

The evening will begin with a reception and
gallery viewing of the Museum's Tibetan
Collection from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The 45-minute
lecture will follow in the Museum's auditorium.
Pre-registration is required. Call (973) 596-6613.a
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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