About a Tree: ficus religiosa and karuna

February 25 – March 12, 2022

This exhibition, organized by Art History students at UT Austin, concerns the unexpected impacts of a special tree blessed by the Dalai Lama during a visit to the university in 2005. His talk while on campus, “Individual Responsibility in the Global Community,” addressed the notion of karuna, or compassion. The exhibition considers how an exploration of our relationship to a botanical entity might raise questions surrounding the practice of karuna.

Organized by Janice Leoshko, Art History faculty, with students in ARH 321: Problems in Art Historical Research.

Participating Students

Anderson Dean
Julia Garrett
Emma Halvorson
Nick Hargroue
Virginia Harrell
Hayden Juroska
Amara Klemann
Paisley Polk
Jessica Seymour
Lilly Taylor
Madison Williams

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