Encounter the many faces of compassion embodied by the goddess Tara.
Join us on first Sundays for an adventurous series of participatory experiences that spark exploration into the idea of compassionate wrath.
Major activations take place on Target First Free Sundays, when the museum offers free general admission courtesy of Target.
Encounter the many faces of compassion embodied by the Buddhist goddess Tara this spring at the Village Artist Corner. Inspired by the special exhibition Awaken: a Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, San Francisco artists Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong of Twin Walls Mural Company have created a two-sided participatory mural, Goddesses and the Art of Compassionate Wrath. One side of the mural presents divine feminine aspects of compassion, highlighting wrath. On the other side, you will come face-to-face with the Buddha’s moment of awakening under the bodhi tree.
The mural dares you to stretch your understanding of compassion and explore what compassionate wrath might look and feel like in your own life. Compassion is kind, but can it also be powerful? Does compassion consume frustration, anger and rage, ultimately transforming them into acceptance, peace and love?
About the Village Artist Corner
The Village Artist Corner features rotating murals and monthly programs at the dragon sculpture on the corner of Fulton and Larkin streets adjacent to the Asian Art Museum. The program was developed as part of Groundplay, a city collaboration co-led by the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, San Francisco Planning and the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Designed by San Francisco public high school students in the architecture program at Youth Art Exchange, the sculpture is inspired by mythological creatures found in the art and literature of many different cultures and time periods. Our dragon is decorated with a myriad of patterns found on artwork in the Asian Art Museum’s collection. Through 2021, the intended life of the project, the sculpture and area around it will be programmed with monthly activities and new mural openings. Monthly activities take place on the first Sundays.
Goddesses and the Art of Compassionate Wrath was conceived by Creative Director Marie Applegate-Swanson and painted by local artists Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong of Twin Walls Mural Company.
The Village Artist Corner is funded through the generosity of The Family of Tania Vonelleese Seymour and San Francisco Grants for the Arts. Founding program support was made possible by Housing-Related Parks Program from the State of California, facilitated by San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department; The Hearst Foundations; California Arts Council; and The NFL Foundation and 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.