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Bruce Walker's ('53) Collection of Tibetan Art On Display at Peeler Center, Aug. 25 - Dec. 15

August 16, 2017

Two years after graduating from DePauw University in 1953, Bruce Walker became a case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. Beginning August 25, you're invited to view his collection of art in an exhibition at DePauw's Richard E. Peeler Art Center.  "Infinite Splendor, Infinite Light" will remain on display through December 15, and is free and open to the public. (at right: Shakyamuni Stong Sku (or 1000 bodies); early- mid 20th century painted pigment on silk, gift of Bruce Walker '53)

As a CIA officer, Walker participated in the Tibetan resistance project (code name ST CIRCUS) in its earliest stages, only six years after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army invaded Tibet and captured the capital city of Lhasa. He assisted with training the Tibetan militia for eight years (1960-1968), and supported the program from two fronts: Sikkim, India, and Camp Hale in Eagle County, Colorado. During Walker’s time in India, he assembled a growing collection of twenty-six religious objects. Each varies in size, intricacy, and purpose. Many of the objects are purely for ritual and monastic use, whereas others are meant for an individual’s personal devotion. To this day, the spiritual connection between these objects and their Tibetan Buddhist roots remains clear.

In 2002, Walker donated his 66-piece collection of Tibetan thangkas, works on paper, and religious objects to DePauw University. "Infinite Splendor, Infinite Light" is the first public exhibition of his collection since 2003, and is accompanied by a complimentary 86-page full-color catalog, with contributions from DePauw University students, faculty, and staff.

Bruce Walker will present a gallery talk on Thursday, September 28 at 4:15p.m. in the University gallery, located in the upper level of the Peeler Center. (at left: Destruction of Tibetan Monasteries, colored pencil on paper, gift of Bruce Walker '53)

Funding for the exhibition and print catalog is generously provided by: the Arthur E. Klauser Endowment, Asian Studies, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Larry & Lesley Stimpert Endowment Fund, Peace & Conflict Studies, the Efroymson Family Fund: A Central Indiana Community Foundation Fund, and the Prindle Institute for Ethics.

The galleries at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center are open Monday-through-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m., and are closed during University breaks and holidays.  Click here for more information about special events associated with this exhibition.

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