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The Pure Land & Duality

APRIL 10 – MAY 18, 2013

Peeler Art Center, second floor exhibition case

Pure Land Buddhism is a devotional sect of Buddhism in East Asia centering on the worship of Amida Buddha. According to the Pure Land Sutras, composed in India in the 2nd century, Amida Buddha vowed to save all sentient beings by granting them rebirth in his realm, the “Western Paradise.” This pure land endowed with miraculous characteristics ensured its inhabitants easy entry into nirvana and salvation from the impure land we now live in. Salvation could be attained by invoking the name of Amida Buddha with absolute faith in him. Those whom Amida Buddha especially wished to save are the sinful and impoverished humans and even tengu anddemons who have no other means of salvation. Thus Pure Land Buddhism claims to be a genuine way of universal salvation.  The case to the left exhibits objects representing good, while the case inside the study room contains objects representing Buddhist evil, or that which prevents the attainment of enlightenment.

The students of ARTH 333, the Supernatural in Japanese Art, designed and curated the exhibition with assistance from Craig Hadley, Christie Anderson, Jerry Bates, and Alex Chamberlain.  Artwork on display is made possible by the estates of Dr. Leland Stoddard ‘40 and Arthur E. Klauser ’45.



February 13 – May 8, 2014

Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper level)

Modern art distinguishes itself from other periods by its ability to embrace simultaneously a variety of aesthetic philosophies and styles. This exhibition examines Modernism’s eclecticism through European and American prints created in the first half of the 20th century.


February 10 –May 8, 2014

Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (lower level)

 In the first survey of contemporary Iranian photography to travel to the United States, Persian Visions features 20 artists who use the camera as a tool for cultural expression and self-exploration. Organized by the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Minnesota Department of Art, this exhibition of 58 works introduces some of Iran's most celebrated photographers to American audiences.

Persian Visions was developed by Hamid Severi for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran, and Gary Hallman of the Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. 

This exhibition was made possible in part by the ILEX Foundation, University of Minnesota McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment, and the Department of Art, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota.