The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University presents the opening of The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama. The exhibition, a result of the collaboration between the Committee of 100 for Tibet and the Dalai Lama Foundation focuses and explores art as a medium for peace inspiring readers in pursuing peace in their lives, both personally and in their communities. The exhibition opens on Friday, October 9, 2009 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Over 40 pieces of art from collections done by different artists who have created their own interpretations and answers concerning the 14th Dalai Lama will be on display throughout The Museum. The artists were asked to create portrayals of the Dalai Lama, and as a result a collection of tapestries, photographs, and paintings were created with multiple images, themes, and media that mirrors the many roles the Dalai Lama plays within the world. The title of the exhibition, The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, is a play on words, showing that peace will always be missing in our world. The Dalai Lama consistently shows that dedicating oneself to peace is anything but pointless. The purpose of this exhibition is not to focus just on the work of the individual artists, but upon peace. The works inspired by the Dalai Lama seek to inspire other to have love and patience, and generate compassion.
The artists were asked to create portrayals of the Dalai Lama, and as a result a collection of tapestries, photographs, and paintings were created with multiple images, themes, and media that mirrors the many roles the Dalai Lama plays within the world. The artists not only explore the Dalai Lama himself, but also discover and explore other multiple features of the leader. The exhibition includes work by Chuck Close, Laurie Anderson, Bill Viola, Jenny Holzer, Anish Kapoor, Richard Gere, Marina Abramovic, and Michele Oka Doner, among others. Each of these artists has a unique set of ideas and that will inspire, engage, and educate the viewers. The Dalai Lama is a global spiritual leader, temporal leader, and a Buddhist who has demonstrated a path to peace. The exhibition is going to broaden the appreciation for the Dalai Lama and all the principles and qualities he embodies. The Missing Peace is funded in part by Funding Arts Network and The Charles Wei-Hsun Fu Foundation.
About The Frost Art Museum â€“ Florida International University
Over 18,000 visitors have come to The Frost Art Museum since its opening in November 2008. The Frost is an AAM accredited museum and Smithsonian afï¬liate. The Museum is located at 10975 SW 17th St. across from the Blue garage and adjacent to the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the University Park campus. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5p.m. The Frost is closed on most legal holidays. For more information, please visit http://thefrost.fiu.edu or call 305-348-2890.
Pigements and acrylic resins on canvas
54 x 120 inches