Tibetan Buddhism and related Tibetan craft have recently undergone a worldwide renaissance. However, even as the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are flourishing, the production of objects associated with its practice has shifted to non-Tibetan areas. Smithsonian Tibetan Artists in Residence Nima and Dawa Dakpa are working to preserve the traditional bronzework techniques—known as khyenle—used to create sacred objects in Dzongsar, in the Tibetan region of Kham, Sichuan Province, and share them with a new generation. Together, this father and son team design and produce bronze statues made to last centuries that embody Buddhist imagery and principles. In this talk, Nima's daughter, filmmaker Dawa Drolma, will join the artists to discuss their work and share insights into sculptures from the Himalayan region currently on view in the Sackler Gallery. The talk will be followed by a reception.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Sackler Gallery, S1 Level
The Smithsonian Tibetan Artist in Residence (STAR) program is an initiative of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Culture Heritage.