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Vanishing Faces of Bhutan: The Study of a Timeless Culture

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Mar 21 - Jun 16
Vanishing Faces of Bhutan: The Study of a Timeless Culture

This exhibition offers a glimpse into the changing culture of Bhutan. Photographs taken by Joe Barker, complemented by traditional Bhutanese artifacts, document this tension between tradition and the influences of modern society.

Bhutan is a tiny monarchy between Chinese Tibet and India in the Eastern Himalayas. The Mayahana Buddhist culture provides a basis for life in this mostly agrarian society. It is remote, pristine, and an ecological hotspot.

Joe and Judy Barker traveled to Bhutan for the first time in 2004 and began collecting. The criteria were simple: anything acquired had to be the best of its kind, and the collection should be as inclusive as possible, containing examples of the best art and craft of Bhutan.

This exhibition includes 20 of Joe Barker’s portraits, curated from over 3,000 photographs taken during the Barkers’ multiple visits. 70 of the images appear in the accompanying book, VANISHING FACES OF BHUTAN: The Study of a Timeless Culture, published by The Bhutan Foundation. The exhibition and book title are a nod to the Buddhist notions of impermanence and time passing.

In addition to Barker’s large-scale photographs, the exhibition will include many items from the Barker collection. These include textiles, as well as functional items.


Free Admission

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Additional time info:

On view March 21 – June 16, 2016. Reception: Thursday, April 14th 5:00pm-7:00pm; Gallery Talk at 5:30pm.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.
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