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Otterbein’s Opening Doors to the World Program Brings China and Tibet to Central Ohio

Otterbein’s Opening Doors to the World Program Brings China and Tibet to Central Ohio

As Chinese New Year is celebrated on Jan. 28, Otterbein University’s Opening Doors to the World program invites the community to explore the arts and culture of China and Tibet. This multi-year international arts initiative will host a full slate of events this spring. All events are free and open to the public.

The spring schedule includes:


BETWEEN US: Relationship and Identity in Tibetan Contemporary Art
Now-April 22
Guest Curator, Dr. Ariana Maki
Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St.
*This event is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

A rare opportunity to see Contemporary Tibetan Art in Ohio, this exhibition features work by traditionally trained and internationally recognized Tibetan artists and brothers, Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang (TJ). Working in contemporary modes, they explore emergent identity at the relational edge of tradition and modernity. Special thanks to NEA Artworks for their continued support of our Opening Doors to the World exhibitions.

March 16
6:30 p.m. Talk - Philomathean Room, Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.
7:30 p.m. Reception - Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St.

Tibetan artists Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang (TJ) discuss their artwork, growing up as Tibetans in Nepal, and their personal transitions from traditional Buddhist thangka painting to the world of contemporary art.  Introductory remarks by Dr. Ariana Maki.


Water and Ink Revisited
Now-April 30
Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.
Public Reception: Friday, March 10, 5-7 p.m.

A special exhibition of works on paper by fine art faculty from the Shanghai Printing and Publishing College, the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, and Shanghai Jian Qiao University, three of Otterbein's partner schools in China.



ACT OUT Reading Series
KWATZ! The Tibetan Project:  The Sound of a Hammer Hitting the Head
April 13
7:30 p.m.
Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St.

Ernest Abuba’s unconventional script combines mystical visions, music, song, and dance to explore Tibet under Chinese oppression. Kwatz is a Buddhist term for a new awakening, in this instance brought about by an assault when a wandering vagrant drives the claws of a hammer into a Tibetan immigrant's head. The play explores this man's visions while having an out of body experience. Abandoning conventions of plot or character development, Abuba immerses his audience in a groundlessness that is at the heart of Buddhist teachings and traditions.


Silk Road Concert
April 9
7:30 p.m.
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 E. Schrock Rd., Westerville

Guest performer Dr. Siu-Leung Lee will play erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument, during the concert.


SONG OF ASIA: Celebrating the Music of Central Asia
The Otterbein University Choirs
Feb. 19
7 p.m.
Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St.

Celebrate the cultures of Central Asia with the Otterbein choirs this February. The singers of the university's Men's Chorus, Women's Chorale, and Concert Choir will honor the music of India, Nepal, China, and Mongolia with arrangements of traditional folks songs as well as works that celebrate Mongolian horses, the beauty of the Himalayas, and the excitement of Bollywood.



Chinese Festival
Feb. 4
Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave.
Co-organized by Otterbein University


How Maps Turn World History Upside Down
with Dr. Siu-Leung Lee
Feb. 6
6-7 p.m.
Room 114, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

For the past 400 years, the 1602 Chinese world map (Kunyu Wanguo Quantu) has been believed to be the work of Matteo Ricci translating from works of European cartographers. However, as the nickname “The Impossible Black Tulip” indicates, the map is incompatible with such authorship. Using a forensic approach, detailed analysis of more than 600 maps from 14th to 18th century as well as original records of explorers reveals that the map is in fact completed before 1430 by Chinese explorers, overturning the history of the Age of Exploration. This discovery has profound implications on American history.