I’m delighted to share that my work, Burning World 3, is now in the collection of noted Mr. Prithvi Pandé, noted art collector, heritage conservationist, and Chairman of Nepal Investment Bank Limited (NIBL). All artist proceeds from this purchase are dedicated to the restoration of the Char Narayan Temple, the oldest mandir (1565) in Patan Durbar Square. Char Narayan was severely damaged in the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
Drdak will be presenting on her Fulbright work; “Eternal Visions—Contemporary Forms; Preservation and Viability of Endangered Arts Practices through Twenty-first Century Guru-Shikshya Relationship”
Maureen Drdak presented on her Fulbright work at the University of Colorado, for the American Nepal Himalayan Studies at Boulder on Sunday September 3rd 2017. The panel, entitled, "Consuming Shangrila: Identity Politics and Contemporary Himalayan Art" was convened by Elena Pakhoutova, curator, Rubin Museum of Art, NYC. Presenters included Youdhi Maharjan, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, as well as artists Ang Tsherin Sherpa (Rossi and Rossi, London, NYC) and Tenzin Ringdol. Download the conference schedule HERE.
Maureen Drdak will be presenting an individual paper and convening a panel for the “South Asian Studies: Never More Relevant:” South Asian Studies Association Conference 2017. The conference will be held from March 24-26, 2017 at Baur Center, Claremont McKenna College, California. http://sasaonline.net/2017-conference-2/
Drdak’s individual paper; "Eternal Visions—Contemporary Forms; Preservation and Viability of Endangered Arts Practices through Twenty-first Century Guru-Shikshya Relationship" has been accepted for oral presentation at the 2017 South Asian Studies Association (SASA) conference.
Drdak is also convener and moderator of the panel: The Holy Serpent of Asia; Relevance, Reimagining and Revitalization in Cultural Production.
Panelists: Maureen Drdak, Visual Artist and Independent Scholar: “Naga: Cultural Negotiation and Reimagining of a Sacred Signifier.” Dr. Deepak Shimkada, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Graduate University, Art Historian: “The Naga’s Embrace: Cultural Binding through Function, Valuation, and Relevance.” Youdhistir Maharjan, Visual Artist: “Ananta Shesha; Experiencing the Myth of Eternal Repetition.” Kurchi Dasgupta, Visual Artist, Curator, Writer and Critic: “The Naga in Contemporary South Asian Art.”
"Weeping Banyan 3" is featured by invitation in the fine art component of the 2016 Fulbright Association National Conference in Washington D.C.; the exhibition is located in the Gelman Library of George Washington University. The exhibition runs Nov. 10-Dec. 18, 2016. The work features Drdak's pioneering synthesis of repoussé and painting, for which she was awarded the 2011-2012 Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to Nepal. Drdak studied with Master Rabindra Shakya, grandson of the famed historic repoussé master Kuber Singh Shakya of Okubahal, Patan, Nepal.
International, Philadelphia based composer Andrea Clearfield will participate in the performance of Avalokiteshvara-Compassion, the second movement of her chamberwork Lungta-the Windhorse, at the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico, on September 17th and 18th, 2016 at 5:30 PM. The chamberwork corresponds to The Lungta Triptych, three paintings by visual artist Maureen Drdak. Both chamberwork and paintings form The Lungta Collaborative, and were commissioned in 2008 by Dr. Linda Reichert and The Network for New Music, one of America's premiere new music ensembles. Drdak's central image of The Lungta Triptych, Avalokiteshvara-Compassion, corresponding image to Clearfield's second movement of the same name, will be featured during the performances at the Harwood Museum. Read about The Lungta Collaborative here, and listen to the work of Andrea Clearfield here.
Maureen Drdak will be exhibiting by invitation in “Take Ten: The Gallery Celebrates a Decade of Contemporary Art”, at The Gallery at Penn College, Penn College of Technology--Penn State University, PA. Exhibition dates August 25 – October 9, 2016. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog.
The exhibition of Avalokiteshvara, the second painting from The Lungta Triptych, will feature as part of the May 3rd, 2016 Dare to Understand Concert and Awards Presentation honoring Philadelphia Mayor Nutter and Gity Etemad, M.D. Accompanying the painting's exhibition will be a performance of Avalokiteshvara-Compassion, concert curator and composer Andrea Clearfield's second movement from her three movement chamberwork Lungta-the Windhorse, which is based upon The Lungta Triptych by visual artist Maureen Drdak. Read about "The Lungta Collaborative" here! An excerpt from Avalokiteshvara-Compassion can be heard here; http://www.andreaclearfield.com/works/chamber/lung-ta/