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Books to Read in Celebration of Newark Museum’s Tibet Collection Centennial

Many years ago, John MacGregor wrote an excellent book on Westerners in Tibet. Entitled Tibet: A Chronicle of Exploration, it situates the various missionaries, trade representatives, military officers, and others in their very complicated religious, ethnic, social, economic, and political contexts. He begins with the Franciscans and the Jesuits of the 17th and 18th centuries, who fought one another for the honor of converting the Tibetans, but to no avail. The British in India in the late 18th century were intent upon opening up the Himalayas to trade, but they, too, were unsuccessful due to their misunderstanding of the relationships between the Tibetans, Nepalese, Mongolians, and Chinese.

Later, in the 19th century, they used military force to achieve their goals in the famous Younghusband Expedition of 1903. This expedition was conducted largely in response to the intrigues of the Russians and their Mongolian allies. Also in this century, the eccentric orientalist Thomas Manning and the charming priest Evariste-Regis Huc recorded their impressionistic observations of the Tibetans. In this book, MacGregor writes eloquently about all of these characters, and he does so with sophistication and understanding.

Another book  to read:
Martin Brauen from the University of Zurich has assembled a remarkable team of contributors to examine the visual history of the Dalai Lamas. Each Dalai Lama is described in detail, usually with a full chapter devoted to his live and thought by a leading scholar. Additional essays cover the tradition of Tibetan reincarnation, the iconography of the Dalai Lamas, their protective deities, and the relationship between the Panchen Lamas and the Dalai Lamas. It is introduced by an interview between the editor and the 14th Dalai Lama. Profusely illustrated, it is a stunning book entitled The Dalai Lamas: A Visual History published in 2005.

To learn more about the Tibet Collection Centennial, visit
William Peniston, Ph.D. is the Librarian at the Newark Museum.

May 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

Newark Museum in the News

The Newark Museum has been in the news a lot lately, with great media coverage of our events and exhibitions.   Read our reviews, and watch what’s been happening at the Newark Museum.  Here’s a snapshot of some of the media buzz we’ve been generating:

January 28:

The Star-Ledger reviews  The Glitter & The Gold,  a dazzling jewelry exhibition located in the new Lore Ross Jewelry Gallery on the second floor of the Ballantine House.

January 29:

Art Critic Dan Bischoff writes in a Star-Ledger review: ‘Posing Beauty’ preview: New exhibit captures fashion and style of African Americans in images spanning more than a century.

February 2:

 The Newark Museum hosted a press conference where Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker announces the Newark Peace Education Summit that will occur on May 13-15.  Of special Note, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama will serve as the keynote speaker.  During the press conference, Newark Museum’s Director Mary Sue Sweeney Price  announced the 2011 Tibet Collection Centennial.  For tickets to the Summit visit

February 7:

Bergen Record’s John Zeaman wrote an art review of  Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, which he writes, “It takes a much more confident and cerebral look at the concept of black beauty, casting a net across more than a century and pulling in some 80 photographs to show how African-Americans have been represented over the decades by white and black photographers alike.”

February 11:

Just for the fun of it! Broadcasting LIVE at the Newark Museum, Channel 12 covered the Museum’s annual family favorite, Circus Science, and clowned around with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Dr. Adam Smasher.  (You will need a cable account to view the footage.)

February 16:

Reporter Adrienne Supino of My 9 / Fox 5 interviewed Christa Clarke, Ph.D., Curator of African Art and Senior Curator, Arts of Africa and the Americas, regarding Present Tense: Arts of Contemporary Africa.

February 17:

NJN Reporter Marie DeNoia Aronsohn spoke with Dr. Clement Price from Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, and Newark Museum Curator Beth Venn on the many aspects of black beauty depicted in the exhibition, Posing Beauty.

 Come visit the Museum, and tell us what you think!  

To learn more about exhibitions and events, visit

February 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

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