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"The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama"
2007-12-01 until 2007-03-16
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA, USA

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is pleased to present The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, on view from December 1, 2007-March 16, 2008. The Missing Peace is a group exhibition of eighty-eight contemporary artists from twenty-five countries who have contributed artworks inspired by the messages, vision, and values of the Dalai Lama. The show explores themes of peace, compassion, patience, and tolerance and is part of the Making Peace series, one of the Big Ideas that guides this season's programming at YBCA. Participating artists have considered the Dalai Lama in a broad array of new and existing works made in a variety of media expressing their personal interpretations of and reflections on his philosophies and ideals.

Curated by Randy Rosenberg, formerly the curator for the art collections of The World Bank and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the roster of artists includes: Marina Abramovic, Seyed Alavi, Jane Alexander, El Anatsui, Laurie Anderson, Ken Aptekar, Richard Avedon, Kirsten Bahrs Janssen, Chase Bailey, Tayseer Baraket, Sanford Biggers, Phil Borges, Dove Bradshaw, Guy Buffet, Dario Campanile, Andy Cao, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Chuck Close, Constantino Ciervo, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Long-Bin Chen, Bernard Cosey, Santiago Cucullu, Binh Danh, Lewis de Soto, Filippo di Sambuy, Era and Don Farnsworth, Peig Fairbrook and Adele Fox, Spencer Finch, Sylvie Fleury, Louis Fox, Adam Fuss, Juan Galdeano, Rupert Garcia, Robin Garthwait and Dan Griffin, Richard Gere, Losang Gyatso, H. M. Harrison & Newton Harrison, Jim Hodges, David and Hi-Jin Hodge, Jenny Holzer, Tri Huu Luu, Ichi Ikeda, Yoko Inoue, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Jesal Kapadia, Anish Kapoor, Kimsooja, Nefeli Massia, Yumyo Miyasaka, Gabriela Morawetz, Kisho Mukaiyama, Tom Nakashima, Dang Ngo, Michele Oka Doner, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Susan Plum, Rosemary Rawcliffe, Michal Rovner, Tenzin Rigdol, Salustiano, Sebastião Salgado, Andra Samelson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Arlene Shechet, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Mike and Doug Starn, Pat Steir, Hoang Van Bui, Adriana Varejão, Bill Viola, Inkie Whang, William Wiley, Katarina Wong, Yuriko Yamaguchi, and Negishi Yoshiro.

The works created by these artists have been organized into ten thematic areas: Interpreted Portraits, Tibet, Beliefs, Empathy and Compassion, Transformation, Humanity in Transition, Path to Peace, Unity, Spirituality and Globalization, Impermanence.

All works in the exhibition have been donated by the artists and will be auctioned at the end of the exhibition tour to raise funds for the peace initiatives of the Dalai Lama Foundation (DLF) and the Committee of 100 for Tibet (C100), the co-sponsoring organizations. The Dalai Lama, who has met with The Missing Peace organizers on several occasions, supports the project and will be lending a work of art from his personal collection.

Darlene Markovich, president of the Committee of 100, is executive director of The Missing Peace, leading a team of more than twenty individuals and seventeen international advisors who have been organizing the exhibition for more than two years. "Our goal is to use art as inspiration and a catalyst to shift attention towards peace. We hope the exhibition will inspire others to explore and embrace these ideals," says Markovich. "Peace may be elusive in our world, but the Dalai Lama consistently shows us that dedicating oneself to peace can have widespread positive impact."

The exhibition and associated educational programs endeavor to make an enduring contribution to the global dialogue about peace. Extensive public programming is planned in conjunction with the exhibition, from artists' panels to family workshops that will encourage dialogue about peace and ethics.

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