Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World explores how artists and practitioners across two millennia have understood and utilized one of the core tenets of Buddhism—dependent arising, which posits that cycles of existence (saṃsāra) arise from past actions and that everything in the world can impact everything else.Read full description
Tsherin Sherpa: Untitled, 2017; diptych made of platinum leaf, gold leaf, acrylic and ink on canvas; 48 x 72 in.; The KaoWilliams Family Collection. © Tscherin Sherpa
Do Ho Suh: Karma Juggler from 2004: Six by Four (Exit Art benefit print portfolio), 2004; archival inkjet pigment print on enhanced Somerset satin paper; 22 x 30 in.; BAMPFA, Gift of Charles and Naomie Kremer.
Unknown artist (Nepal): Figure of Amitayus, 17th–18th century; gilt repousse; 31 in.; BAMPFA, Long-term loan from private collection.
Yun-Fei Ji: The Three Gorges Dam Migration (detail), 2009; handscroll: woodcut, edition 45/108; 14 x 120 in.; BAMPFA, Gift of the Elliott Galleries (Flora and Lisa Bloom). © Yun-Fei Ji 2022. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York. Photo: Whit Forrester
Noted Tibetan artist Tsherin Sherpa presents BAMPFA’s 2023 endowed Lijin Lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World. He focuses on present-day Himalayan art and its connections with traditional arts. Followed by Above and Below, a documentary by Sheri Brenner about Sherpa's life and career.
Guest curator Yi Yi Mon (Rosaline) Kyo offers a series of gallery talks highlighting works by contemporary Asian and Asian American artists.