Thursday, November 3, 2016

Try a little tenderness at the Staten Island Museum's latest exhibit

By Michael J. Fressola
Avalokiteshvara Amoghapasa (detail)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Staten Island Museum's new show, "Infinite Compassion: Avalokiteshvara in Asian Art," has a surprisingly ambitious agenda: More kindness for all. It's hard to argue with such a campaign, and wouldn't it be remarkable if it plays out? If seeing the exhibit somehow makes visitors more selfless and charitable? But for the moment, let's stay on the surface, where "Infinite Compassion" is a carefully presented array of exotic and complicated objects, mostly Himalayan and mostly drawn from the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Richmond. [link]