Los Angeles, 2 August 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
On Saturday 4 August at 2pm, guest curator Patrick Dowdey will give a lecture entitled “Printing and Tibet’s Living Heritage” to coincide with the current exhibition entitled “Pearl of the Snowlands: Tibetan Buddhist Printing from the Derge Parkhang” on display at the Fowler Museum at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
For the occasion of the current exhibition on display at the Fowler until 14 October, featuring twenty-five woodblock prints and prints mounted on fabric from the Derge Sutra Printing House as well as a selection of colour photographs taken by Patrick Dowdey and Clifton Meadey capturing the Tibetan printing house and its ancient hand-printing process, Patricky Dowdey, curator at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies and an Anthropology professor at Wesleyan University, will discuss the history of the city of Derge and the cultural, religious and historical importance of its three hundred-year-old Derge Parkhang also known as the Derge Sutra Printing House to the people of Eastern Tibet.
Today the Derge Parkhang produces books and images from their collection of over three thousand woodblocks including its renowned edition of the teachings of the Buddha, Kanjur and Tanjur. Several of the prints presented in “Pearl of the Snowlands” depict stories of the Buddha, deities and bodhisattvas present in Tibetan Buddhism.