Preview: Tibet House: Ladkakh 1974-2018: A Photographic Homage to the Land of Many Passes

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Date(s) - 01/25/2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tibet House


Cover image courtesy of Tibet House

What’s up? Celebrated photographer and Tibet enthusiast Jaroslav Poncar returns to the Tibet House for an opening reception on his latest exhibition.

Damage? Reception is free, open to the public. Exhibit runs through February 27, 2019.

One of Poncar’s first pictures he took of Tibet.

Why you should go. Born in former Czechoslovakia, Jaroslav Poncar, armed with a old Soviet-era camera, first traveled to Tibet over forty years ago. Through the decades, he has given outsiders a rare glimpse of occupied Tibet, including its most remote regions.

Ladakh (“The land of many passes”) is a mountainous region, located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, and is known for its uniquely beautiful landscape and Buddhist monasteries. It is inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent, although quite sparsely populated.

What is the Tibet House? The Tibet House has featured some truly exceptional exhibits devoted to Tibetan and Mongolian culture in the past, which include:

Photo “From Earth to the Divine” © WhereNYC

Slovenian photographer Matjaz KrivicMongolian art exhibit “From Earth to the Divine” “Looking Back” Rare Photos of Tibet by Jaroslav Poncar, and Rima Fujita’s amazing Extraordinary Daikinis.

Useful tips:

  • Attire? Business or casual will do just fine.
  • Alone or with friends? Either or.
  • Business cards are always a plus.
  • Fancy a nightcap or bite to eat nearby? 
  1. Barbounia (Lex & 19th) – the food here is pretty good and with an amazing selection of wine. Close proximity to Gramercy Tavern.
  2. Basta Pasta on 17th street (NW of Union Square) – a Japanese take on Italian pasta, the carbonara and the off-menu squid ink pasta are my personal favorites.
  3. Casa Mono, Irving Place (East of Union Square) Mario Batali’s upscale take on Spanish tapas – there’s also Bar Jamón next door, if you fancy wine and some cured meats.
  4. Laut 17th st. (NW of Union Square) – a pan- Southeast Asian restaurant with great service, awarded briefly its first Michelin star in 2013.
  5. Le Singe Vert  7th Ave (between 19 & 20th)- French brasserie, a hip spot with reliable French comfort grub with a fantastic wine list.
  6. Mikado Sushi 525 6th Ave (south of 14th St) – not the most authentic, but you can’t go wrong with decent grub, wine and sake.
  7. Old Town Bar – 18th St. The name pretty much sums it up at this cozy bar.
  8. Raines Law Room, 17th St (NW of Square) – fancy a cocktail at this high end speakeasy? The Maître D’ will take your number and text you when your table is ready. Sounds pretentious, I know, but they serve amazing cocktails and the service is surprisingly hassle-free. Impress your friends.