Borders

One reader commented... "And the “borderland” is often the richest, most productive and releaving place to be. In ecology, scientists study and celebrate the “edge” — the edge between sea and land, between fresh and salt water, between one climatic zone and another. There they find not only an incubator for distinctive forms of life … Continue reading Borders

TIBETAN WORKS IN NEWARK

A worthwhile collection of Tibetan art in Newark -- that in itself to most will seem like the ultimate oxymoron.  As one friend wrote to me, "I thought Newark was a cultural wasteland."  Wrong.  At least not within the wall of the Newark Museum where a very dynamic curator has reinstalled the Tibetan galleries, striking … Continue reading TIBETAN WORKS IN NEWARK

SACRED RITUALS — SECULAR SPACE

Museums just love sand mandalas --  and every time I see Tibetan monks streaming brightly colored sand into intricate patterns surrounded by people like me snapping photographs I wonder: what are they doing here? Part of me feels strongly that, if a public museum is going to host a Tibetan Buddhist ritual, then it should … Continue reading SACRED RITUALS — SECULAR SPACE