Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin at the New Orleans Museum of Art

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NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Until April 17, 2011, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents a new exhibition of paintings and calligraphy by the most significant Japanese Zen master of the past 500 years, Hakuin Ekaku. Organized by NOMA, The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin is the first exhibition in the Western world devoted to the art of Hakuin (1685-1768). Hakuin invented a new visual language for Zen, using folk and everyday subjects in addition to traditional Zen themes. His influence in both teaching and art remains unequaled in Zen today. “In celebration of our centennial year, NOMA is proud to present this exhibition of Hakuin’s work. This exhibition features major loans, but also highlights our extensive permanent collection of Japanese art,” said Susan Taylor, Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Until relatively recently, Hakuin’s role as an artist has remained at th