Muhammad Ali Center 2013

    Portrait of Sonam Zoksang

    Portrait of Sonam Zoksang

    The Ali Center will have photographs on display by the photographer Sonam Zoksang in the show Visions of Tibet.  On October 27th the center will host a reception with light refreshments from 4-5pm, followed by a talk by Sonam Zoksang at 5pm. The focus of this exhibition is Tibet, the landscape, people, and culture. Zoksang’s works will be on display from October 1-November 3.

    Sonam’s Bio
    Sonam Zoksang was born in Kyirong, Tibet in 1960 after the brutal Chinese invasion of Tibet. His parents escaped to India at their first opportunity, when Zoksang was one month old. He grew up in refugee schools, got a degree in Buddhist Dialectics, and taught himself photography. In 1985 Zoksang moved to the US, where he now runs Vision of Tibet.  Active in the Tibetan Community as an advocate for human rights and political change, he is on the Board of Directors of the US Tibet Committee and has been president of the Tibetan Association of NY & NJ.
    Sonam Zoksang’s mission is to tell the story of his homeland through photography. He does this by documenting Tibetans and Tibetan life, both in and out of Tibet. Whenever possible, he travels to Tibet to document the conditions in his Chinese-occupied homeland. He often takes pictures of Tibetan refugee communities in India, as well as in the US and other countries. Zoksang’s slide presentations at schools and cultural and community centers are always well-attended; he seeks out these opportunities as he feels education is particularly important. His photos have been widely published in books, magazines, and newspapers, and are widely exhibited, one major show having been in a US Congressional building in Washington DC. That exhibition was forced to close after less than one week due to political pressure.

    Motown in Black and White (August 30 – November 10, 2013)

    This engaging photographic exhibit explores the impact that Motown had on both breaking down racial barriers in younger generations and shaping American culture. Via original photos and memorabilia, this engaging exhibit explores the impact that Motown music had on shaping American culture in the mid-to-late 20th century. Visitors will be transported back in time through music made famous by Motown while learning how this musical revolution has captured the souls of so many fans through the years.
    Motown in Black and White is composed of historical items from the personal collection of Al Abrams, the founding publicist of Motown and its public relations director during the label’s glory days. From photos collected over the years to apparel worn by famous Motown artists, Abrams’ archive of historical Motown items is very impressive.  
    The exhibit not only presents a great opportunity for adults to reminisce about days gone by; Motown in Black and White also caters to school children as it features curriculum that aligns with Kentucky and Indiana Core Content Standards. This allows for integration of the classroom with real-life cultural experiences.
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