As an international city, New York offers countless opportunities to learn about different cultures from all over the globe. In our opinion, art offers one of the best chances to immerse yourself in a different culture. There are plenty of museums which highlight the various cultures of the globe here, and the Rubin Museum of Art is a favorite among our staff of New York City personal injury lawyers. This museum displays collections of art from throughout the Himalayas, India, and other nearby regions. We recently visited here and would like to share some highlights from the museum’s current exhibitions:
Gateway To Himalayan Art
If you’re new to the world of Himalayan art, then this exhibition is the perfect place to begin your journey at the Rubin Museum. Here, you’ll learn about the different cultural regions of modern-day India, China, Mongolia, Bhutan, and Nepal and view a variety of art from these regions, which are separated into the following sections:
- Figures and Symbols
- Materials and Techniques
- Purpose and Function
Objects in this exhibition include sculptures, paintings, stupa, prayer wheels, and ritual elements. Once you’ve made your way through the gateway, you’ll be able to better understand the rest of the museum’s numerous exhibitions.
A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful
This is an interactive exhibit which encourages participants to open up about their personal hopes and anxieties. It’s inspired by Tibetan prayer flags and hosted by artist Candy Chang and writer James A. Reeves. You’ll be asked to share your anxieties and hopes by writing them down on a card, and your fellow participants will have the chance to experience the overall mood of the exhibit and learn from what others have written down.
The Second Buddha
In Tibet, Indian Buddhist guru Padmasambhava is revered as “The Second Buddha” for the role he played in converting Tibet to Buddhism. This exhibition at the Rubin Museum celebrates his life, including the trials and tribulations that he dealt with while spreading the word of the Buddha throughout Tibet. 41 works of art from the 13th to 20th century are on display here and are presented with interactive technology. Central themes include how the past and future are interconnected and how we construct identity through this relationship and project teachings to future generations. You can add further context by participating in the audio tour and engaging with several public programs.
Artist Chitra Ganesh has two different exhibitions on display at the Rubin Museum, which are located in the second and third-floor galleries and the Theatre Level:
The Scorpion Gesture
The scorpion gesture is a mudra which is believed to have unlimited power and the power for transformation. This interactive exhibit is influenced by the presence of visitors, as it features large-scale animations which appear when people walk by certain artworks. The pieces of art are inspired by pieces in the Gateway to Himalayan Art and Masterworks of Himalayan Art exhibits, and feature figures like Padmasambhava (the Second Buddha) and Maitreya (the Future Buddha).
Face of the Future
The Face of the Future exhibition looks at how science fiction and fantasy manifest throughout the world in mediums like literature and cinema. Ganesh does this by showcasing some of her own works, along with seven other artists:
- Maia Cruz Palileo
- Nontsikelelo Mutiti
- Tammy Nguyen
- Jagdeep Raina
- Sahana Ramakrishnan
- Anuj Shrestha
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