The Zen of Abstraction

This Is Where We Draw the Line

We love modern art. It's similar to writing—people have so much to say about a blank page, err, blank canvas but at the end of the day, they didn't create that thing—so … chill out, maybe? We're getting a little worked up here, so good thing the The Zen of Abstraction guided meditation and gallery tour is happening this Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Curator and authorized instructor in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition, Titus O'Brien leads a brief guided meditation then tours the When Modern Was Contemporary exhibition discussing selected works that are enlightening to the complexities of the mind. The exhibition features works from Alexander Calder, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and more timeless, modernist masters. It costs the standard entry of $1 to $4 to join the session that begins at 10am.

Saturday Dec 2, 2017

2000 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1459
US

Phone: 243-7255
Website: Click to Visit

Cost:

$1-$4

Ages:

13+

Contact:

Albuquerque Museum
Phone: 505-243-7255
Website: Click to Visit

A brief guided meditation followed by a tour of select works in the exhibition, When Modern Was Contemporary.

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Discover a refuge of silence at Albuquerque Museum. Join Museum Curator Titus O’Brien for a brief guided meditation followed by a tour of select works in the exhibition, When Modern Was Contemporary. The artistic avant-garde of the 1940s – 1960s was heavily influenced by Asian philosophies and religions, especially Zen Buddhism. Paintings by artists like Mark Rothko, Mark Tobey, Kenzo Okada and others show this influence, and can themselves serve as objects of meditation.

Assistant Curator of Art Titus O’Brien has been practicing Zen since being introduced to the idea by a visiting professor in college, the composer and artist John Cage – a famous peer of many of the artists in this exhibit. Titus is an authorized instructor in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition. He is also a painter, sculptor, writer, and designer who has exhibited internationally.