Keytalk: Alice S. Kandell on Collecting for the Shrine Room

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    Saturday March 30, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

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    Alice Kandell’s interest in Tibetan art and culture began during her college years when she took her first of many trips to Sikkim, Tibet, and Ladakh. Ms. Kandell created the shrine room at her own apartment in New York to closely resemble Tibetan Buddhist shrines she encountered in her travels. This talk, first presented at the Courtauld Institute in London, is a valedictory one, as the Shrine Room will be travelling to its permanent home at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC in June.

    A light brunch will be served.

    This spectacular shrine room on loan from the Alice S. Kandell Collection and organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution provides Gateway to Himalayan Art visitors an extraordinary opportunity to experience Tibetan Buddhist art in context. Containing approximately 170 works of art created between the 13th and 19th centuries from the Tibetan Plateau, China, and Mongolia, the shrine room highlights the religious context in which these sacred objects would be found in a private Tibetan shrine.

    All of the objects - thangkas as well as sculptures of buddhas, bodhisattvas, tantric deities, female deities, wrathful deities and teachers - are arranged on traditional Tibetan furniture and according to the hierarchy they assume in Tibetan Buddhist practices. Ritual objects, such as butter lamps, offering bowls, vajras and bells, rosaries, conch trumpets, horns and reeds, and hand drums, are also on view. Thangka paintings from the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art have been added to the installation.

    An accompanying publication, A Shrine for Tibet: The Alice S. Kandell Collection, is available at the Shop. 299 pages; $60.

    Photo by David De Armas