The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama

March 12—July 31, 2011

Cowden Gallery

Laurie Anderson
From the Air, 2006
Video projection and installation
144 x 144 x 96 in.

While the title of the exhibition plays on the elusiveness of peace in our world, the Dalai Lama consistently shows that dedicating oneself to its service is anything but pointless. Included among the international entourage of artists in the exhibition are Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Sanford Biggers, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Chuck Close, El Anatsui, Spencer Finch, Sylvie Fleury, Adam Fuss, Helen and Newton Harrison, Jim Hodges, Jenny Holzer, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Anish Kapoor, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Michal Rovner, Mike and Doug Starn, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Pat Steir, Bill Viola, and William T. Wiley.

Prior to coming to San Antonio, the exhibition was shown in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Tokyo, Madrid, Miami, Sibiu (Romania), and Stockholm. The result of collaboration between the Committee of 100 for Tibet and the Dalai Lama Foundation and curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg. The San Antonio presentation of the exhibition is presented with generous support from the Sue E. Denman Memorial Endowment, the Helen and Everett H. Jones Exhibition Endowment, Claudia and David Ladensohn, SAMA Contemporaries, the Marcia and Otto Koehler Foundation, Dr. Jane Appleby,  and the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation.


This cutting-edge contemporary exhibition explores the idea of art as an interpretation of, and a catalyst for, peace. Over 80 artists representing different countries were asked to give their perspectives on the Dalai Lama and his endeavors. Their responses are organized thematically into ten sections: interpreted portraits of the Dalai Lama, Tibet, belief systems, empathy and compassion, transformation, humanity in transition, the path to peace, unity, spirituality and globalization, and impermanence.