John Tarrant on Koans and Creativity
Our upcoming event is on Wednesday, April 26 – at 7 PM – at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, Rockport, MA – just a few doors down from our gallery.
John Tarrant will be giving a talk about the dynamics between koan study and the creative process.
John Tarrant is a Western Zen Master, ground breaking author, and Founder/Director of the Pacific Zen Institute in San Francisco — an organization devoted to koans, the arts, and spirituality as a creative act. He has pioneered the development of koans as a method for understanding the mind in Western culture. John has a PhD in psychology, teaches physicians and executives at Duke Integrative Medicine, and for many years had a practice in Jungian psychotherapy.
It is quite an opportunity to bring someone of his caliber – and so involved in the creative process – to Cape Ann.
For our upcoming exhibition on the 13th of May, we have sought out 8 conceptual artists – all Alumni of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts – to explore the philosophy and use of koans — taking inspiration from John Tarrant’s seminal work “bring me the rhinoceros, and other zen koans that will save your life.”
koan is a genre defying exhibition – opening May 13 at iartcolony
with 2 performances:
— Furen Dai unveils her newest video performance, “The Inner Mind of a Translation Machine,” and
invites viewers to her participatory performance – 500 Buddhas.
— Monica Lynn Manoski reads poems from her work, “The Reading Dress.” — through text, video, performance, sculpture, photography and painting, eight conceptual, Boston-based Alumni from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts examine the dynamics between koan study and the creative process