San Antonio Museum or Art

Past Exhibitions

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama

March 12—July 31, 2011

Cowden Gallery

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.

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.


Herb Ritts
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New York, 1987
silver gelatin print
15 x 10 in

Dove Bradshaw
Salt, Half-Heard, 1996-2006
100 ml separatory funnel, water, 100 lbs of Himalayan salt
36 x 40 x 40 in.

Binh Danh
Meditation on Universal Compassion, 2005
chlorophyll prints and resin
25 x 19 in.

Jenny Holzer
It is in Your Self-Interest to Find a Way to Be Very Tender, 1983-85
White Danby imperial marble footstool
17 x 23 x 15.5 in.
Collection of Jessica and Frank Lonergan

Andra Samelson
Bamiyan: A Continuum, 2001
ink and acrylic on rice paper over wood panels
Courtesy of Phil and Gerri Wicklander

Chuck Close
The Dalai Lama, 2005
digital pigment print
50 x 40 in.

Adriana Varejão
Andar com fé (To Walk with Faith), 2000
30 x 24 in.
Courtesy of Loyola University Museum of Art

Richard Gere
Neljorpa from Amdo, 1996
platinum photograph
15 7/8 x 10 9/16 in.

Richard Avedon
(American, 1923 –2004)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Karnataka, India, January, 1998
silver gelatin print
20 x 24 in.

Ichi Ikeda
(Japanese, born 1943)
80 Liter Water Box, 2004
mixed media with photographs
66 x 52 x 20 in.

Sylvie Fleury
Easy Spirit, 2005
Kirlian photograph
40 x 40 in.

Adam Fuss
Untitled, ed. 4/7, 2003
pigmented ink-jet print
72 x 50 in.

Dario Campanile
Missing Peace Found, 2005
oil on canvas; video
Courtesy of Juliet Sierra, LLC

Louis Fox and Free Range Graphics
A Portrait of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, 2005-2006
Video, 3-minute loop

Pat Steir
Blue, ed. 40, 2005
10-color screen print
56 ½ x 43 in.

Filippo di Sambuy
(Italian, born 1956)
Possible Painting Impossible Sculpture No Ending Energy, 2004
mixed media on canvas
80 x 77 ½ in.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
(Native American, born 1940)
Who Leads Who Follows, 2004
oil and acrylic on canvas
80 x 50 in.

Squeak Carnwath
(American, born 1947)
Naturally We, 2005
oil and alkyd on canvas over panel
80 x 80 in.

Mike and Doug Starn
(from the series alleverythingthatisyou, 2006)
Fujiflex and Duraclear Lambda prints on Plexiglas and aluminum
72 x 72 in.

William T. Wiley
Serpent Frightened by Color, Abstraction, and Time, 2004
76 x 105 in.

Lewis deSoto
Paranivana, 1999
Mixed media with nylon, painted cloth
71 x 285 x 101 in.

Marina Abramovic
At the Waterfall, 2000–2003
continuous video loop

Salustiano (Spanish, born 1965)
Reincarnation, 2005
Pigments and acrylic resin on canvas
47 x 126 x 1 ½ in.