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"The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama"

December 4, 2007 - USA

2007-12-01 until 2007-03-16
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA, USA

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is pleased to present The Missing Peace:
Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, on view from December 1, 2007-March 16,
2008. The Missing Peace is a group exhibition of eighty-eight
contemporary artists from twenty-five countries who have contributed
artworks inspired by the messages, vision, and values of the Dalai Lama.
The show explores themes of peace, compassion, patience, and tolerance
and is part of the Making Peace series, one of the Big Ideas that guides
this season's programming at YBCA. Participating artists have considered
the Dalai Lama in a broad array of new and existing works made in a
variety of media expressing their personal interpretations of and
reflections on his philosophies and ideals.

Curated by Randy Rosenberg, formerly the curator for the art collections
of The World Bank and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,
the roster of artists includes: Marina Abramovic, Seyed Alavi, Jane
Alexander, El Anatsui, Laurie Anderson, Ken Aptekar, Richard Avedon,
Kirsten Bahrs Janssen, Chase Bailey, Tayseer Baraket, Sanford Biggers,
Phil Borges, Dove Bradshaw, Guy Buffet, Dario Campanile, Andy Cao,
Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Chuck Close, Constantino
Ciervo, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Long-Bin Chen, Bernard Cosey,
Santiago Cucullu, Binh Danh, Lewis de Soto, Filippo di Sambuy, Era and
Don Farnsworth, Peig Fairbrook and Adele Fox, Spencer Finch, Sylvie
Fleury, Louis Fox, Adam Fuss, Juan Galdeano, Rupert Garcia, Robin
Garthwait and Dan Griffin, Richard Gere, Losang Gyatso, H. M. Harrison &
Newton Harrison, Jim Hodges, David and Hi-Jin Hodge, Jenny Holzer, Tri
Huu Luu, Ichi Ikeda, Yoko Inoue, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Jesal Kapadia,
Anish Kapoor, Kimsooja, Nefeli Massia, Yumyo Miyasaka, Gabriela
Morawetz, Kisho Mukaiyama, Tom Nakashima, Dang Ngo, Michele Oka Doner,
Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Susan Plum, Rosemary Rawcliffe, Michal
Rovner, Tenzin Rigdol, Salustiano, Sebastião Salgado, Andra Samelson,
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Arlene Shechet, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Mike and
Doug Starn, Pat Steir, Hoang Van Bui, Adriana Varejão, Bill Viola, Inkie
Whang, William Wiley, Katarina Wong, Yuriko Yamaguchi, and Negishi Yoshiro.

The works created by these artists have been organized into ten thematic
areas: Interpreted Portraits, Tibet, Beliefs, Empathy and Compassion,
Transformation, Humanity in Transition, Path to Peace, Unity,
Spirituality and Globalization, Impermanence.

All works in the exhibition have been donated by the artists and will be
auctioned at the end of the exhibition tour to raise funds for the peace
initiatives of the Dalai Lama Foundation (DLF) and the Committee of 100
for Tibet (C100), the co-sponsoring organizations. The Dalai Lama, who
has met with The Missing Peace organizers on several occasions, supports
the project and will be lending a work of art from his personal collection.

Darlene Markovich, president of the Committee of 100, is executive
director of The Missing Peace, leading a team of more than twenty
individuals and seventeen international advisors who have been
organizing the exhibition for more than two years. "Our goal is to use
art as inspiration and a catalyst to shift attention towards peace. We
hope the exhibition will inspire others to explore and embrace these
ideals," says Markovich. "Peace may be elusive in our world, but the
Dalai Lama consistently shows us that dedicating oneself to peace can
have widespread positive impact."

The exhibition and associated educational programs endeavor to make an
enduring contribution to the global dialogue about peace. Extensive
public programming is planned in conjunction with the exhibition, from
artists' panels to family workshops that will encourage dialogue about
peace and ethics.
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