A Guided Tour of Hell

Asian Art Museum

After collapsing in the hospital following heart surgery, longtime Buddhist teacher Sam Bercholz felt himself being pulled violently down into a realm beyond life, where he witnessed dramatic suffering. Bercholz recounted the nightmarish imagery and intense sensations of this near-death experience to Tibetan American artist Pema Namdol Thaye. The artist drew on his training in traditional Tibetan arts as well as his childhood obsession with graphic novels to translate these descriptions into a series of vibrant acrylic paintings; more than 20 of these works are on view in this exhibition.

This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock had to say about A Guided Tour of Hell :

Quite possibly the best exhibition title ever to grace these pages, "A Guided Tour of Hell" has everything: A suicide bomber, a murderous warlord, a self-absorbed socialite, a scientist who invents a doomsday bomb-all contained within more than 20 paintings by Tibetan American artist Pema Namdol Thaye, based on the visions of dramatic suffering detailed by Buddhist teacher Sam Bercholz.

Event Info
Apr 20 → Sep 16
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm, (Feb-Oct: Extended evening hours every Thu until 9 pm)
$15; $10 srs, youth (13-17), students with ID; free for children under 12 and SFUSD students w/ ID; $5 on Thu after 5 pm; fr
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St., San Francisco
Info: (415) 581-3500
Venue: 379-8800
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