February 22–August 14, 2011 Cambodia is renowned for the extraordinary art produced during the Angkor period of the Khmer empire, between the ninth and the fifteenth centuries, when sculptors mastered the art of bronze casting and created profound images of Hindu and Buddhist divinities. A focused exhibition of loans from the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Gods of Angkor includes some of the finest Cambodian bronzes in existence as well as a small group of bronzes from the pre-Angkor period and some recently excavated works. It also celebrates the establishment of a bronze conservation studio at the National Museum of Cambodia and that institution’s role in conserving Cambodia’s cultural heritage.
“I did not fight with the thought of becoming a hero – I just did what I was ordered to do but suffering such sacrifices and expecting death at any moment gave me the strength and the courage to fight. Through these trials it made me realized that there was always someone greater who always was with me.”—
Faustino “Peping” Baclig, Filipino World War II Veteran 1922-2011
Rest in Peace Manong Peping. What a loss for the Pilipino community. Yet another reminder though that we are part of a greater movement, fighting not just for ourselves and for now, but for those who came before us and those who will come after.
When we were children, we believed that we could be anything our hearts desired. We believed that someday, we would know exactly what to do to get that perfect career. We most certainly did not believe in barriers that could stop us from our goals. We were dreamers.
The thing about me? I never grew out of that state of mind.
When I was a kid….I wanted to be Aladdin or a dinosaur….