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UCLA Fowler Museum to Premiere the Traveling Exhibition 'The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama’


Eighty-eight contemporary artists from 25 countries have contributed artworks for an exhibition inspired by the messages, vision and values of the Dalai Lama. "The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama" — on view at the UCLA Fowler Museum from June 11‑Sept. 10 — explores themes of peace, compassion, patience and tolerance. Participating artists have considered the Dalai Lama through 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.

A photograph of the Dalai Lama taken in India in 1998 by the late Richard Avedon was among the first works contributed to "The Missing Peace." Many artists, including Bill Viola, Mike and Doug Starn, Sylvie Fleury, El Anatsui, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Michal Rovner, and Chuck Close, have created new works for the exhibition. For example, Viola recently traveled to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to create a new work that will debut at the Fowler.

The complete roster of international artists is: 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, Doris Doerrie and Michael Wenger, 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, David and Hi-Jin Hodge, Jim Hodges, 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, Sebastio Salgado, Andra Samelson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Arlene Shechet, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Mike and Doug Starn, Pat Steir, Hoang Van Bui, Adriana Varejo, Bill Viola, Inkie Whang, William Wiley, Katarina Wong, Yuriko Yamaguchi and Negishi Yoshiro.

The works created by these artists have been organized into 10 thematic areas: interpreted portraits, Tibet, beliefs, empathy and compassion, transformation, humanity in transition, the path to peace, unity, spirituality and globalization, and 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 and the Committee of 100 for Tibet, 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 20 individuals and 17 international advisers 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," Markovich said. "Peace may be elusive in our world, but the Dalai Lama consistently shows us that dedicating oneself to peace can have widespread positive impact."

Randy Rosenberg, curator of "The Missing Peace," formerly served as curator for the art collections of The World Bank and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

"The exhibition's 88 artists bring their individual stories and experiences as well as a rich and diverse array of media and styles," Rosenberg said, "but together their works speak eloquently to the Dalai Lama's vision of compassion, peace and the unity of all things."

Additional Information

This exhibition is organized by the Committee of 100 for Tibet and the Dalai Lama Foundation, and is curated by independent curator Rosenberg. "The Missing Peace" is made possible by major funding from Ron Haak and Darlene Markovich, Sandra and Bernard Magnussen, the Betlach Family Foundation, the Zaffaroni Foundation, Chase Bailey, Carolyn Zecca-Ferris, Anonymous, the Committee of 100 for Tibet, and The Dalai Lama Foundation. In‑kind support was provided by Tank Design and Beals Martin. After its run at the Fowler Museum, the exhibition will embark on an international tour with stops at the Loyola University Museum of Art in Chicago (Oct. 28, 2006-Jan. 11, 2007), the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City (March 3-Sept. 4, 2007) and other venues to be announced. A lavishly illustrated, approximately 200-page book is being published in conjunction with this exhibition and distributed by Mandala Publishing.

Exhibition Organizers

The Committee of 100 for Tibet, founded in 1992, comprises 100 thinkers, innovators, leaders and Nobel Prize laureates from around the world. The committee runs two major programs, "The Missing Peace" and the Self-Determination Initiative, which focuses on the Tibetan people's right to self-determination. The committee's Internet address is

The Dalai Lama Foundation, founded in 2002, supports the development of our shared global capacity for ethics and peace. The foundation runs three initiatives: a free study guide and study circles on ethics and peace based on The Dalai Lama's book "Ethics for a New Millennium," online courses on ethics and peace topics, and curricula for "The Missing Peace." The foundation's Internet address is

Visiting the Fowler

The Fowler Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays, noon until 8 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Fowler Museum, part of UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture, is located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free. Campus parking is available for $8 in Lot 4.

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Related Programs

6:30 p.m., Friday, June 9

Opening Benefit Gala and Awards Ceremony

The Missing Peace Project and UCLA Fowler Museum

Sharon Stone, host

Honorable guests:

Tendzin Choegyal, founding member and adviser to the Dalai Lama Foundation, younger brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, founder and spiritual director of Thubten Dhargye Ling.

Nawang Khechog, Grammy nominee and one of Tibet's foremost world music composers and musicians.

Compassion in Action Award recipients:

Rafe Esquith, officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Walt Disney National Teacher of the Year and Oprah Winfrey "Use Your Life" Awardee.

Second award winner to be announced.

Tickets and information: (310) 825-3237 or

4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10

Fowler OutSpoken Artists' Panel: Art as Transformation?

Artists featured in "The Missing Peace" — Sanford Biggers, Enrique Martnez Celaya and Susan Plum — converse with Art in America critic Lilly Wei and UCLA art history professor Steven Nelson in this discussion that considers art as an agent for change for issues political, artistic or societal. Member seating at 3:45 p.m.

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Members' Reception

Light refreshments. Reservations required. R.S.V.P. by June 2: (310) 206-0306 or Join online at

8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

New and Upgrading Members' After Party at Hotel Angeleno

With participating artists and VIPs. To join or upgrade: (310) 206-0306 or online at

1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 11

Kids in the Courtyard: The Peace Wall

Bring family and friends to this drop-in art workshop and add your own message of peace to this traveling collaborative mural created by artists Randy Taran and Willow Zarlow in the tradition of Tibetan prayer flags.

12 noon and 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 14

Laughter Yoga Workshop

Laugh for no reason and enjoy the liberating and empowering effect that proves laughter is the best medicine. Sebastien Gendry, director of the American School of Laughter Yoga, leads a nonreligious, nonsectarian and nonpolitical workshop based on the idea of "acting happiness": engaging your body in the physical act of laughing to generate "happy chemistry" in your brain.

1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 24

A World of Art Family Workshop: Books of Place

Write original poems about a special place — real or imagined — and combine them with watercolor paintings to create your own artist book inspired by the exhibition "Mani Wall and A Sacred Geography." $5 for members; $15 for non-members. Reservations required: (310) 825‑7325.

4 p.m., Sunday, June 25

Summer Sunset Series: Songs of Peace


Born in Dharamsala, India, Techung is a prominent Tibetan singer and songwriter living in exile in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is best known for performing traditional Tibetan music, dance and opera under the name Tashi Dhondup Sharzur, and uses his childhood nickname, Techung, when performing solo. Enjoy both traditional Tibetan folk music and modern works by this artist dedicated to creating songs of peace and freedom.

12 noon, Wednesday, July 5

High Noon Film Series "Compassion and Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama"

(1982, 62 minutes, color, English)

Filmmaker Mickey Lemle provides an intimate portrait of Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Featuring music composed by Philip Glass, the documentary also examines the suffering of the Tibetan people under Chinese occupation.


7 p.m., Thursday, July 6

Sunset Yoga Series

Join yogi and instructor Joan Moran for an hour-long open session of yoga, blending hatha flow, Iyengar and dance, on the Fowler Museum's terrace. Bring your mat and salute the sun as it sets behind the Santa Monica Mountains.

7 p.m., Saturday, July 8

Fowler OutSpoken Lecture: "Bodies of Light"

Bill Viola is a pioneer and leader in the medium of video art and installation. "Bodies of Light," his video piece created for "The Missing Peace," documents the 50-hour pilgrimage made by the artist and his family to Dharamsala to see the Dalai Lama. Viola discusses the work and how his Buddhist practice intersects with his art. Take advantage of the museum's extended gallery hours (5 to 9 p.m.) this evening to see the exhibition. Preferential seating for members. To reserve a seat, members please call (310) 206-0306.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, July 10–14

Teacher Workshop: Peace Institute for K-12 Educators

K-12 teachers are invited to this weeklong professional development institute to explore how art can act as a catalyst for social change. Learn how artistic expression can improve students' ability to communicate, cooperate and resolve conflicts without violence. UCLA scholars and community-based artists/activists lead dialogues on issues such as peacemaking, HIV/AIDS, human rights and environmental concerns, with a focus on how artists from "The Missing Peace" have created works that provide the opportunity to think about, talk about, experience and create peace. Fowler educators will model curricula that include strategies to infuse peace and art into traditional academic subjects. $65 registration fee. Reservations required: (310) 825‑7325.

7 p.m., Thursday, July 13

Sunset Yoga Series

See description for July 6.

12 noon, Wednesday, July 19

High Noon Film Series: "Buddha's Painter" (2004, 55 minutes, color, Mongolian with English subtitles)

This film profiles a master thangkha painter and social visionary who spearheads a revival of traditional Buddhist painting in Mongolia. His students transcend technique and give rise to the sacred in this work directed by Thomas Gonschior.

7 p.m., Thursday, July 20

Sunset Yoga Series

See description for July 6.

2 p.m., Sunday, July 23

Fowler OutSpoken Lecture: "Depicting the Dalai Lamas"

Kathryn Selig Brown, scholar and curator at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, tracks the history of the Dalai Lamas as they have appeared in the art of the Himalayas, including metalwork, paintings and textiles. There will be preferential seating for members; a members' reception with Selig Brown in the Davis Courtyard follows the lecture. To join, reserve a seat and R.S.V.P. for the reception, call (310) 206-0306.

9 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday-Friday, July 24–28

KidsMuse: Peace! Art! Action!

Art camp for children, Session I for ages 6–8

What can your child do to make our world a more peaceful and compassionate place? Through art-based projects inspired by "The Missing Peace," campers will investigate how artists have created multimedia works that reflect their ethics of peace and nonviolence. Activities include contributing to a traveling "peace wall," sculpting 3-D portraits of peace, exploring culture and life in the Himalayas, and learning about human rights issues related to Tibetan people today. Download a registration form at or call (310) 825-7325.

7 p.m., Thursday, July 27

Sunset Yoga Series

See description for July 6.

1 to 4 p.m., Sunday July 30

Kids in the Courtyard: Peace Doves

Transform recycled plastic bags into soaring symbols of peace that will take to the air to spread your message of tolerance and compassion.

4 p.m., Sunday July 30

Summer Sunset Series: Songs of Peace

Lavender Diamond

Local band Lavender Diamond is named for the peace-minded main character of an operetta written by lead singer Becky Stark. Join Stark, with Jeff Rosenberg on guitar, Steve Gregoropoulos on keyboard and Ron Rege Jr. on drums for original tunes that blend traditional folksong craft with a pop sensibility.

9 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday-Friday, July 31-Aug. 4

KidsMuse: Peace! Art! Action!

Art camp for children, Session II for ages 9–12. See description for Session I on July 24–28.

12 noon, Wednesday, Aug. 2

High Noon Film Series: "Dreaming of Tibet"

(2003, 58 minutes, color, English; narrated by Peter Coyote)

Will Parinello's film chronicles the lives of three Tibetan exiles: Tseten Phanuchuaras, a political activist in Los Angeles; Tsering Lhamo, a nurse working with refugees in Kathmandu, Nepal; and Ngawang Uguyen, a monk in the Mt. Everest foothills, as they work to forge new lives in new lands, surviving and even flourishing in the face of adversity. Don't miss the post-screening Q‑and‑A session with Phanuchuaras.

1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5

A World of Art Family Workshop: Recipe for Peace

Test out the ingredients for peace in this artist-led workshop on the art of mosaic. Create a colorful border of tesserae (mosaic pieces) around your imagined "recipe" for ethical conduct, compassion and social justice. $5 for members; $15 for non-members. Reservations required: (310) 825‑7325.

12 noon, Wednesday, Aug. 16

High Noon Film Series: "Women of Tibet" (2006, 60 minutes, color, English)

Get a sneak peek at the first part of British-born filmmaker Rosemary Rawcliffe's trilogy on Tibet's potent historical moments, highlighting themes of women's endurance and the struggle for freedom, social justice and human rights.

1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 27

Kids in the Courtyard: Yakety-yak

Yaks are important animals for Tibetan families, providing everything from milk for dairy products to hair and hides for clothing and ropes. Learn about everyday life in the Himalayas and make a yak mask to wear as you explore the art of "The Missing Peace."

4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 27

Summer Sunset Series: Songs of Peace

Performers to be announced.

12 noon, Wednesday, Aug. 30

High Noon Film Series: "Peace Is Every Step — Meditation in Action: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh" (1998, 60 minutes, color, English; narrated by Ben Kingsley)

Leading Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh's efforts to achieve a peaceful end to the American war in Vietnam earned him a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize and a 40-year exile from his homeland. Director/producer Gaetano Kazuo Maida provides an intimate glimpse of the monk who lived through war and fought back with meditation, love and grace under fire.



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