Mark your calendars so you can check out the full range of traditional, contemporary and living mandalas that are coming to Emory this spring (from Jan. 21 to April 15).
The Carlos Museum will feature an exhibition that displays different types of mandalas, including paintings, three-dimensional works, portable mandalas, and ritual objects that are related to mandala ceremonies. Many of the works are from the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, and the show also includes masterpieces from other museums and private collections from around the world.
At the Visual Arts Gallery, an exhibit will bring together contemporary artists who explore the mandala form as artistic expression and as a tool for transformation and balance in the world. This exploration takes many forms, from redrafting traditional visual depictions to the use of new materials, to the performance body participating in the mandala form. A mandala by New York artist and Morehouse College alumnus Sanford Biggers forms the centerpiece of the gallery, providing a dynamic space for music and dance.
A photographic exhibit of Tibetan monks painting sand mandalas by Myron McGhee, photographer and Juana Clem McGhee, curator, can be found in the Cox Hall Computing Center (Jan. 17 – May 31).
A “Living Mandala” designed by Emory landscape architect James R. Johnson and Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, with help from Emory students, will be made from perennials in the Pitts Garden at Cannon Chapel.
Coinciding with Emory’s exhibitions (from Feb. 5 to May 6), Oglethorpe University Museum of Art presents 40 original mandalas created by Jung’s patients during the course of their treatment between 1926 and 1945. Viewers will learn about the creative analytical process and the symbols contained within the mandalas. This is the first-ever exhibition of a group of these mandalas by Jung’s patients and is courtesy of the Carl Jung Institute in Kusnacht, Switzerland.
The first public event is a lecture by Dr. Christian Luczantits, curator at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, on Monday, January 23 at 7:30pm.
The Drepung Loseling monks will be constructing a large sand mandala inside the Carlos Museum’s third floor gallery from February 1-11 (Emory’s annual Tibet Week will run from March 26-31). Many other events are planned and are described in more detail via the link below.
More information on mandala events
*Above photo of “Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva II,” 2001, Sanford Biggers with David Ellis, silkscreen on hand-carved colored rubber tiles, formica backing. 16ft x 16ft, courtesy of the artists.