- October 15-22, 2017
- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
CIIS Main Building
Desai | Matta Gallery
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
In conjunction with our upcoming exhibition, Himalayan Contemporary, The Arts at CIIS is proud to host four visiting monks from the Sera Monastic University in Karnataka, India, from October 15-22, 2017. They will create a sand mandala in the Desai | Matta Gallery; mandalas are ritual paintings in which the artists use colored sand to create a sacred cosmogram.
Please join us in the gallery between 10AM and 5:00PM every day that week to witness the monks' process and product.
MORE about the exhibition, Himalayan Contemporary:
The Himalayan region-often referred to as the "roof of the world,"-has traditionally been considered a domain where time stands still. However the Himalayas, as all other places on earth, are undergoing rapid political and cultural change in our Anthropocene age. This change is marked by many forms of contemporary agency, ranging temporally from the durational to the momentary, from present-day to deeply historic ways of engaging both the global and the local. Himalayan Contemporary explores the plural, co-existing timescapes that comprise the present for Nepal and Tibet.
As launch site for Epiphany Production's annual Trolley Dances (October 20-22), we will host performances by Chaksam-pa, the Tibetan Dance and Opera Company from the Bay Area, which stages traditional folk art marked by contemporary interpretations. And in the Desai | Matta Gallery at CIIS we will be exhibiting the work of three artists between October 15, 2017 and February 28, 2018: works by AngTsherin Sherpa, whose engagements deconstruct mandala forms to express the semantic ambiguity of traditional signs in the contemporary world; paintings by Newari artist Dinesh Charan Shrestha, who renders Hindu deities in hypnotic detail using post-Renaissance realism; and Youdhishtir Maharjan, who creates "meaningless" repetitive visual gestures inspired equally by Samuel Beckett and Buddhist sand mandalas.