Taking Texas! To India
Thu Jan 22 2015 12:00 am — Sat Jan 31 2015 12:00 am

India Trip

Taking Texas! To India

The Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, TX; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India; and the India Art Fair, New Delhi, India Present:

New Delhi, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur

January 22- 30, 2015

Taking Texas to India Trip Information

Join Friends of the Crow Collection as we travel to India to celebrate Texas!, the first Texas artist exhibition to be presented in New Delhi, India. This exhibition, which features fourteen artists from five Texas cities representing the vibrancy and variety of contemporary Texas art, serves as the backdrop of an once-in-a-lifetime tour of India, January 22 – 30, 2015.  The tour, which includes artists, collectors and curators, will provide guests an experience of a lifetime, beginning with the opening party for Texas! at the National Academy of Art (Lalit Kala Academi) in New Delhi and ending with a VIP tour and shopping experience at the India Art Fair, the third-largest festival of its kind in the world.  To learn more about this exciting travel opportunity, contact sadams@dev.crowcollection.org.  Limited availability.

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The Dalai Lama in Dallas: How to Prepare
Tue Jun 30 2015 7:00 pm — 8:00 pm
The Dalai Lama in Dallas: How to Prepare @ Crow Collection of Asian Art

In view of the upcoming visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dallas, we invited Geshe Thupten Dorjee, a close disciple of His Holiness and professor at the University of Arkansas (U of A), to tell us more about the revered leader, Tibet, Buddhist philosophy and answer any questions. Join us as we get ready to welcome the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner to our city.

In 1962, when Thupten Dorjee was 3, his family escaped Tibet and trekked over the Himalayan mountains to Bhutan. At the age of 13, he entered Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India, where he was awarded the degree of lharampa geshe, the highest academic degree within the Gelug monastic university system. In 1995, Geshe traveled the world as part of the Mystical Arts of Tibet. Geshe later accepted an appointment at the University of Arkansas, teaching courses in Tibetan Culture, Buddhist Philosophy, and Approaches to Non-Violence, based on the teachings of his teacher, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. After 18 months, he received the prestigious U of A Outstanding Faculty Award, typically won by faculty who have been teaching for 10 to 20 years. He has won other awards, been invited to teach at schools around the country, and now holds a permanent position at the University of Arkansas.

A Conversation With His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Wed Jul 01 2015 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm
A Conversation With His Holiness The Dalai Lama @  Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum  | Dallas | Texas | United States

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Dallas will be just days before his 80th birthday on July 6 – a birthdate that he shares with former President George W. Bush.  In honor of the occasion, His Holiness will speak at 1:30 pm on July 1, 2015, at Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX, in a special appearance presented by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, SMU, and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.  The Crow Collection of Asian Art serves as a community partner for this historic event titled A Conversation with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. 

Tickets are limited and few remain. To purchase, or for more information, click here.

What is a “Dalai Lama”?
The Dalai Lama is the head of the dominant Dge-lugs-pa (Yellow Hat) order of Tibetan Buddhism and was for many generations the spiritual and political head of Tibet. There have been 14 Dalai Lamas so far, all of whom are believed to be incarnations of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. These beloved bodhisattvas (Buddhas-to-be) are said to have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.  

Who is the current Dalai Lama?
Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth and current Dalai Lama, was born on July 6, 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. He began his monastic education at the age of six and was eventually awarded the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest-level degree, which is equivalent to a doctorate of Buddhist philosophy.

In 1989, His Holiness received the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Tibet, which has been under China’s control since 1949. In 1959, the Dalai Lama was forced into exile and has lived in Dharamsala in northern India since then.  He has consistently advocated policies of nonviolence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.

What does the Dalai Lama do?
The Dalai Lama has three main commitments:

  1. To promote human values or secular ethics such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, and self-discipline, recognizing that all human beings are the same.
  2. To promote religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions by teaching that all religions have the potential for good and should be respected.
  3. To preserve the Tibetan Buddhist culture of peace and nonviolence.


In 2011, His Holiness sent a letter to the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies (Tibetan Parliament in exile) requesting them to devolve him of his temporal (political) power. This historic announcement brought an end to the dual spiritual and political authority of the Dalai Lama and reverted to the previous tradition of the first four Dalai Lamas being only the spiritual leader of Tibet. He continues to live in exile in India.

Asian Art 101: Japan
Thu Sep 03 2015 6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
Asian Art 101: Japan @ Crow Collection of Asian Art

Beginning with the samurai armor featured in Fierce Loyalty: A Samurai Complete, Midori Oka will present how the arts of Japan are intimately related to Japanese history and cultural context. The lecture will reveal, for example, that historically significant battles from earlier centuries influenced the aesthetics of the Edo period (1603–1868) and beyond.

Visiting Scholar:  Midori Oka, Research Associate, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Bio: Midori Oka holds a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Kansas and is the curator of the Crow Collection of Asian Art’s exhibition Fierce Loyalty: A Samurai Complete. Midori is a specialist of Edo period (1603-1868) paintings and prints and is currently a research associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to New York, she was curator of Japanese art at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Japan | Further Reading

Option to buy tickets to all twelve Asian Art 101 lectures at a discount ($100 for members, $200 for general public).
Students and teachers please email education@dev.crowcollection.org for a promo code.

Asian Art 101: Buddhism and Art
Thu Oct 08 2015 6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
Asian Art 101: Buddhism and Art @ Crow Collection of Asian Art

What does it mean to be enlightened? Join us for a talk that will take you to the world of the Buddha through the inspiring art of Asia.  Learn about the basics of Buddhist philosophy, its iconography (“writing in images”), rituals, aesthetics, and  patronage, and in the end, even learn a little more about ourselves.

Visiting Scholar: Ivette Vargas-O’Bryan, Associate Professor of Religion (Asian Religions), Austin College

Bio: Dr. Ivette Vargas-O’Bryan is an Associate Professor of Religion in the Department of Religious Studies at Austin College.  She has two master’s degrees (Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Religious Studies) and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Harvard University with a specialization in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Studies, and a subspecialty in Hinduism.  She has received numerous grants as well as scholarships and teaching awards.

Buddhism and Art Recommended Reading List

Option to buy tickets to all twelve Asian Art 101 lectures at a discount ($100 for members, $200 for general public).
Students and teachers please email education@dev.crowcollection.org for a promo code.

Asian Art 101: India
Thu Nov 05 2015 6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
Asian Art 101: India @ Crow Collection of Asian Art

Dr. Lisa Owen will highlight select sculptures from the Crow Collection in order to explore the dynamic intersections between Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain art produced during India’s ancient and medieval periods.

Visiting Scholar: Lisa Owen, Associate Professor of Art Education and Art History, University of North Texas

Bio: Lisa N. Owen is an Associate Professor of South Asian Art History at the University of North Texas. Her research interests include the production of imagery in ancient India, patterns of patronage, and articulations of sacred space. Dr. Owen’s publications and fieldwork in India have been supported by numerous grants including, an American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship, a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar Award, and a Howard Foundation Fellowship.

India | Further Reading


Option to buy tickets to all twelve Asian Art 101 lectures at a discount ($100 for members, $200 for general public).
Students and teachers please email education@dev.crowcollection.org for a promo code.