Invitation to an enlightened world

Over four decades, child psychologist and photographer Alice Kandell visited regions of Tibet, Sikkim, and Ladakh to learn about the people there and their traditions. Beginning March 19, visitors to the Michael C. Carlos Museum can view the exquisite works of arts that she collected on her travels: among them, bronze sculptures, textile banners, painted furniture, and ritual implements. Doorway to an Enlightened World presents 124 works from her collection of Tibetan Buddhist art. Rather than displayed as individual, unconnected pieces, the exhibit presents them in a traditional sacred context, a shrine, regarded as a doorway to a higher world. Kandell herself will share her story of building the collection at a March event at Emory with Joyce Flueckiger, professor of the anthropology of religion, and Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership. | Photo courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution