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TibetColor | Exhibition, Screening and Workshops by Leslie Nguyen Temple in NYC

The first exhibition of Tibetan thangka and appliqué masters Terris and Leslie Nguyen Temple

Tibetan thangka and appliqué artists Terris and Leslie Nguyen Temple join the Trace Foundation for two weeks in October, exploring their lives’ work and passion for the natural world through an inaugural exhibition, workshops, and screenings of a captivating documentary about the creation of giant silk appliqué thangkas in Tibet.

 

This landmark show ranges over two weeks of exploration into Tibetan silk-inspired artworks and large-scale appliqué art with Terris and Leslie Nguyen Temple, a pair of Western practitioners known for their enduring involvement in Tibetan art and their close relationship with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.  
 
Kicked off with an exhibition and discussion of the artists’ works, TibetColor will examine the significance of the environment through two hands-on art workshops that emphasize inner mindfulness and the changing world around us.

There will also be two screenings of Tsurphu: The Giant Appliqués, a documentary that provides a glimpse into a world rarely seen by the West—and tells the incredible story of two Westerners working side-by-side with Tibetan seamstresses to reclaim a piece of history.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, October 13, 6:30-8:30 pm 
Opening Reception

This event offers the inaugural presentation of the artists’ works inspired by traditional thangkas, which evolved from their projects in Tibet and expanded along the way into environmental and contemporary themes.

For the first time ever they will share their story of the giant appliqués made in the ancient tradition of the Karma Kagyu Lineage. The 4th Karmapa designed the first giant appliqué in the 14th century, after one of his students had a vision of a Buddha image over 100 meters tall, and the tradition has continued ever since.

Saturday, October 15, 3 pm
Tsurphu: The Giant Appliqués
Documentary Screening

Tsurphu Monastery­ was the original home to two giant appliqués (kos gu chen mo) and two ceremonial appliqués (drabje) destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. A spellbinding documentary, Tsurphu: The Giant Appliqués highlights the background of the ancient Tsurphu Monastery, the Karmapas who have made it their home, and the process of rebuilding two of these giant appliqués.

Featuring stunning archival footage of the thangkas’ reconstruction, the young Seventeenth Karmapa with the high lamas at Tsurphu, and the renowned Tibetan artist Amdo Jampa, this documentary provides a glimpse into a world rarely seen by the West—and tells the incredible story of two Westerners working side-by-side with Tibetan seamstresses to reclaim a piece of history.

This event is free but be sure to RSVP through Eventbrite.

Wednesday, October 19, 7 pm

Tsurphu: The Giant Appliqués
Documentary Screening

This event is free but be sure to RSVP through Eventbrite.

Saturday, October 22, 2:30-5:30 pm
Patterns and Environmental Attitudes: Art Workshop with Terris Temple

Part hands-on art class, part introduction to endangered birds—this unique workshop will explore the fast-vanishing world of the Hawaiian crow, then introduce a step-by-step approach to drawing and painting birds with methods gleaned from traditional thangka painting. Using age-old templates, line work, and shading techniques, students will have the opportunity to apply what they learn in designing their own environmentally friendly cotton shopping bags with fabric paints.

Tickets are $50, including material fees. Space is limited, so be sure to register.  

Saturday, October 29, 3-5 pm
5 Elements, 5 Colors: Yoga Workshop with Leslie Nguyen Temple

Drawing on a her background of teaching yoga and Tibetan art,  Leslie Nguyen Temple offers a unique body-based mindfulness practice exploring the five elements within and how they relate to our inner capacities. The workshop will conclude with a creative activity inspired by five colors.

Tickets are $30 and all levels are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, and a cushion to sit on. Space is limited, so be sure to register.  

October 14-29

Exhibition is open from 10 am-5 pm on weekdays and 11 am-6pm on Saturdays.
Closed on Sunday

All programs take place at:
 
Trace Foundation
132 Perry Street, Suite 2B
New York, NY 10014
events@trace.org
 
 
Congratulations to Leslie and Terris for this landmark showcase of their lifetime work.  All in or near NYC, go!