Woo Hon Fai Hall
2626 Bancroft Way
2625 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
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Open L@TE Fridays until 9 p.m.
The mission of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.
The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections and research resources, they aspire to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. For their latest and upcoming exhibitions, please go to bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/upcoming
Here is their next exciting Exhibition:
Himalayan Pilgrimage: Liberation Through Sight
June 8, 2012 – November 25, 2012
The journey of Himalayan Pilgrimage continues with Liberation Through Sight, a reinstallation that focuses on artworks created as vehicles to enlightenment.
Vajrayana, the esoteric form of Buddhism that prevails in Tibet and the Himalayas, employs myriad icons of deities to reveal the true nature of the Buddha’s teachings. The making of these icons is in itself a devotional act, bringing merit to the artist as well as to the devotee who engages in the practice of visualization through the image. Artists of these works are anonymous, viewed as selfless interpreters of a high spiritual teaching. Their work serves to assist others in gaining understanding of the Buddha’s teachings through visual interpretation.
New art in the recently reinstalled gallery includes an exceptionally rare set of seven paintings depicting the lineage of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, painted around 1815 upon the death of the ninth Dalai Lama, as well as images of compassionate and wrathful deities of the Tibetan pantheon.
A continuation of Himalayan Pilgrimage: Journey to the Land of Snows, which explored the journey of Buddhism across several centuries and from India into Tibet.
The works in this exhibition are on long-term loan from a single private collection.
Himalayan Pilgrimage is organized by Senior Curator for Asian Art Julia M. White