Oh goodness. I had a Sunday off, so Fisk and I made the best of it by having a relaxing brunch at the Lodge and then we went to check out The Rubin Museum of Art. They have a great exhibition dedicated entirely to Himalayan art. We started with this great amalgamation of American comics that were centered around all notions regarding Tibet. Lamas & yetis, yes please.
The comic show had these great displays with old toys and authentic editions of comics that were very delicate and beautiful to see. There was also a great 3 minute video that summarized the relevancy of comics in Tibet. What was especially neat about this show was a long table with chairs that featured many old comics reprinted and ready to read. We sat for a while digging through these old comics, enjoying moments like these:
The walls also featured these large prints highlighting different themes. In the above, the Dalai Lama, and just below the White Lamas. This comic show was really great to see. All in all, comics are pretty underrated in American culture. It was great to see a show dedicated to their relevance, especially after Fisk introduced me to Fables - a fantastic comic series full of excellent story telling.
The museum also had three floors full of beautiful Tibetan sculpture and scrolls. There was also a wonderful shrine that really allowed you to experience a part of Tibetan culture. It's nothing short of wonderful the kind of artistry that is required to produce such symbolic work.
We were running out of time, so we ran through the top floor of the museum which had some really great modern paintings. Here are a few of my favorites.
Tyeb Mehta (1925-2009) The Diagonal, 1975
Krishna Shamrao Kulkarni (1916-1994) Untitled, 1958
K. Ramanujam (1940-1973) Untitled, ca. 1970
This was by far my favorite piece of work for the day. What a strange painting! The brushwork was fantastic, rapid and full of movement, and the characters bizarre but refreshing. I mostly love that the creature's hand comes up and touches the side of the frame, which really gives you the idea that these characters are literally outside your window. I think this painting really reflects the wonderful kind of match ups that are created when cross cultural ideas meet in one piece of artwork.
I've also just begun reading PARTICIPATION published by The MIT Press. Posts about relational aesthetics are coming soon...