Traveling Exhibition: Infinite Splendor, Infinite Light: The Bruce Walker ’53 Collection of Tibetan Religious Art

Chinese Invasion of Tibet and Escape of the Dalai Lama, mid-20th century.
Colored pencil on paper, 27-5/8 x 21-1/2 inches. DePauw Art Collection: 2004.2.11.

Two years after graduating from DePauw University in 1953, Bruce Walker became a case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. 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. 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.

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.

Catalog: 25 complimentary copies included with exhibition booking.

Curatorial Fee: $2,750 for ten-weeks plus roundtrip shipping (in-region pick up available).

Space Requirements: variable, but initially shown in 1,850 square feet / 160 running feet.

Number of artworks: 44, plus one film (DVD and digital file included).

Tour Dates: August 2018 – June 2020 (flexible).

Didactics: Introductory panel, object labels, and press release provided in digital format.

Insurance: Wall-to-wall fine art insurance policy.

Requirements: AAM General Facility Report, pedestals and vitrines, tv/projector for film.

Contact Craig Hadley (765-658-6556) for more details.

Accompanying the exhibition is an 86-page full-color publication. The catalog includes contributions from Ashlyn Cox ’18, Dr. Jason Fuller, Craig Hadley, Dr. Sujung Kim, Dr. Paul K. Nietupski, and Amelia Warren ’17.

About the Curator:
Craig Hadley has held the position of director/curator at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN since 2012. Prior to his appointment at DePauw, he held various curatorial and registration positions at the Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College; The State Historical Society of Missouri, St. Louis; The Field Museum of Natural History; and the Indiana State Museum. His research interests include Japanese postwar prints and the intersection of object-based learning in higher education (see TEACH VISUAL).

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