I had to Google the words "Brad Pitt" and "Tibet" recently because my husband swore that Mr. Pitt was in a movie about the Dalai Lama and I asserted that he probably meant that Keanu Reeves was in a movie about Buddha. Turns out that--unfortunately for filmgoers everywhere--we were both right. But that Google search led to the discovery that the Dalai Lama has both a Twitter account and a Facebook page, which then evoked images of the exiled spiritual leader hanging around Dharamsala competing with Ashton Kutcher for followers. Frankly, that discovery kills some of the mystery surrounding the high priest of Tibetan Buddhism. And I like my Buddhist high priests to be all mythical and misty, much like their legendary mountain homeland of Tibet. During the Crow Collection of Asian Art's exhibition Tibet: The Land Closest to the Sky, famed photographer Marc Riboud takes you to a place largely untainted by social networking and all it entails as he captures the beauty and intrigue behind these mythical landscapes. The Crow, 2010 Flora Street, hosts the exhibition through January 30. And while you're catching a glimpse of the wonder that is Tibet, check out the work of Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, who are in an artist's residency October 2 through October 9. Admission is free, and the museum is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit crowcollection.org for more information.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 2. Continues through Jan. 30, 2010