EVENT: Hammer Museum's The Mandala Project and Conversations with Michael Rotondi and Pema Namdol Thaye
The Hammer Museum partners with the American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation to present The Mandala Project. The two-week exhibition will demonstrate the construction of a Tibetan sand mandala by visiting Lamas from a Nepalese monestary. The mandala is a symbol that translates to “center and its surroundings” and is a beautiful manifestation of the notion of interdependency. Furthermore, mandalas are believed to have the transformational power to inspire the viewer by awakening their inner compassion and humanity. Using instructions that have been passed down through hundreds of generations, the Lamas will carefully place millions of grains of colored sand on the flat surface. Accompanying the mandala will be renderings of a proposed four-story mandala for the American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation by Michael Rotondi, the principal of LA based RoTo Architecture. To conclude the exhibition, the November 7th Hammer Conversations will feature a discussion between Michael Rotondi and master of Tibetan art, Pema Namdol Thaye.