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Rubin Museum of Art The Rubin Museum of Art’s immersive environment stimulates learning, promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan Asia.
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The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts oasis and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make powerful connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions. With a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions and programs—including films, concerts, and on-stage conversations—the Rubin provides immersive experiences that encourage personal discoveries and spark new ways of seeing the world. Emphasizing cross-cultural connections, the Rubin is a space to contemplate the big questions that extend across history and span human cultures.

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Generosity is in the air! This wealth deity, White Mahakala, is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the buddha of compassio...
12/22/2020

Generosity is in the air! This wealth deity, White Mahakala, is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the buddha of compassion and a strong symbol of generosity. Mahakala's kindness is said to bring practitioners material and metaphorical wealth.

If you're feeling generous yourself, consider supporting the Rubin Museum! Your gift of any size will help us continue our work online and in person in 2021: http://rubinmuseum.org/donate
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🔍 Six-armed White Mahakala; Central Tibet; late 18th century to early 19th century; pigments on cloth; Gift of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; F1997.29.1 (HAR 351)

There are only a few days left to see "Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power." Plan your visit to the Rubin through Jan 3 to see...
12/20/2020
Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power

There are only a few days left to see "Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power." Plan your visit to the Rubin through Jan 3 to see the exhibition!

Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power presents the first comprehensive U.S. museum survey of Shahidul Alam, the renowned Bangladeshi photographer, writer, activist, and institution-builder and a Time magazine Person of the Year in 2018. Over 40 images and ephemera will show…

Across cultures, lamps are symbols of spiritual "illumination." 🕎 In Himalayan cultures, the light of a butter lamp repr...
12/17/2020

Across cultures, lamps are symbols of spiritual "illumination." 🕎 In Himalayan cultures, the light of a butter lamp represents dispelling the darkness of ignorance and is a ubiquitous offering at holy sites in the region.

You may be familiar with another lamp that represents spiritual wisdom — the menorah in Judaism. Happy Hanukkah to everyone who has been celebrating the Festival of Lights this month and gathering around your Hanukkah menorah!
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🔍 Butter Lamp; Tibet; 18th century; metal, silver; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Ralph Redford; C2008.27 (HAR 57010)

12/14/2020
#ShopLocal at the Rubin

When you #ShopLocal at the Rubin, your purchase for a loved one also goes toward supporting the Museum.

Here's our gift to you: receive 10% off all orders (and 20% off for members) through December 24th.

Visit the shop: http://therubin.org/30q

Today is National Letter Writing Day! 💌 Discover "The Letter Writing Project" and other the works by artist Lee Mingwei,...
12/07/2020
Lee Mingwei in Measure Your Existence-By Christine Starkman | Rubin Museum of Art

Today is National Letter Writing Day! 💌 Discover "The Letter Writing Project" and other the works by artist Lee Mingwei, who is featured in our exhibition "Measure Your Existence."

“Memory is a volatile living thing; it is not set in a fixed space and time.”—Lee Mingwei (ArtForum, August 2, 2013) The fleeting, impermanent here and now—in all its destruction, regeneration, and intense immediacy—is the ultimate reality. Measure Your Existence…

Ground yourself with a little weekend meditation today. Our latest podcast episode on the topic of resilience is a great...
12/06/2020
Sharon Salzberg Mindfulness Meditation Online | Rubin Museum of Art

Ground yourself with a little weekend meditation today. Our latest podcast episode on the topic of resilience is a great way to get started!

About the Mindfulness Meditation Podcast The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art. This podcast is recorded…

12/03/2020
Last chance to see "Truth to Power"

There's only 1 month left to see "Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power" at the Rubin Museum.

The exhibition, which opened in November 2019, presents the first comprehensive U.S. survey of the activist's photographic work. Reserve tickets to the Museum before "Truth to Power" closes on January 3, 2021.

Plan your visit: http://therubin.org/2-s

At the Rubin, we inspire visitors to see things differently. Through art and artful ideas, we help foster mindfulness, i...
12/01/2020

At the Rubin, we inspire visitors to see things differently. Through art and artful ideas, we help foster mindfulness, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

Support our work this #GivingTuesday: http://therubin.org/2zt

The holiday season can be an overwhelming and emotional time of the year for many. If you're in need of some clarity, yo...
11/29/2020
Rebecca Li Mindfulness Meditation | Rubin Museum of Art

The holiday season can be an overwhelming and emotional time of the year for many. If you're in need of some clarity, you may find inspiration in our latest Mindfulness Meditation Podcast episode on resilience, inspired by a painting of the wise meditation deity Akshobhyavajra.

About the Mindfulness Meditation Podcast The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art. This podcast is recorded…

11/26/2020
Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving is unlike any other. With the tremendous uncertainty and loss that we've all faced this year, it's especially important to take time to recognize what we're grateful for.

At the Rubin, we're grateful for you — our dear visitors, followers, members, and supporters. You have been an essential source of inspiration for our staff over the past few months, and we're so happy that you're part of our Rubin Museum community!

As a small token of gratitude, we're offering special open hours with free admission tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 27, from 11 AM until we close at 5 PM. Be sure to reserve tickets and plan your visit in advance.

As we move into the holiday season, how will you show your gratitude and compassion for others? In this sculpture, the B...
11/25/2020

As we move into the holiday season, how will you show your gratitude and compassion for others? In this sculpture, the Buddha performs the gesture varadamudra, a symbolic hand pose — or mudra — that represents giving and compassion.

The Buddha is flanked here by two smaller bodhisattvas: the buddha of compassion Avalokiteshvara holding a lotus flower to his right and the future buddha Maitreya holding a flask to his left.

This artwork recently inspired an episode of our weekly Mindfulness Meditation Podcast. Browse all episodes and listen: http://therubin.org/30h
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Buddha Shakyamuni; Swat; 8th century; bronze; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.71.10

Plan a visit to the Rubin for a safe and inspiring holiday outing this weekend!We're excited to announce that the Museum...
11/23/2020

Plan a visit to the Rubin for a safe and inspiring holiday outing this weekend!

We're excited to announce that the Museum will be open with 🚨 free admission 🚨 and special hours on Friday, November 27 from 11 AM until we close at 5 PM!

Plan a visit and reserve your tickets: rubinmuseum.org/visit/plan

11/22/2020

It is the final hours of Ragas Live 2020!
For the full 24 hour experience in HD video + downloads, merch, and more, join us at http://bit.ly/RagasLive

Presented by Pioneer Works, Brooklyn Raga Massive, NYC Radio Live and the Rubin Museum of Art.

11/20/2020

For the full 24 hour experience (we'll go till 7PM EST Sunday!) in HD video + downloads, merch, and more, join us at http://bit.ly/RagasLive

Presented by Pioneer Works, Brooklyn Raga Massive, NYC Radio Live and the Rubin Museum of Art.

11/17/2020

Enjoy this preview of @RagasLiveFestival and tune in on Saturday, November 21 at 7:00 PM for a 24-hour free broadcast featuring legends of global music from 15 cities around the world.

You’ll get to see and hear the premiere of “IN D” from Brooklyn Raga Massive, who will perform music from their new Terry Riley inspired album followed by a performance from Riley himself.

Learn more and RSVP: http://therubin.org/30e

Your dog has probably been through a lot with you this year! How do you give thanks to your furry friend?Today, many Nep...
11/15/2020

Your dog has probably been through a lot with you this year! How do you give thanks to your furry friend?

Today, many Nepali people are celebrating Tihar, a festival with roots in the Indian festival Diwali, which is celebrated at the same time of the year. The 2nd day of Tihar is Kukur Tihar when dogs are given offerings and worshipped for their loyalty and companionship. Whether a household pet or a stray on the street, all dogs are given treats and praise.
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These photos are from a Tihar-inspired ceremony that we presented in 2018 at @meatpackingny's Harvest Fest.

After the 2016 election, we organized a special meditation program, Election Exhale.If you're in need of an exhale, you ...
11/08/2020
Rubin Care Package-Art and Practices for Navigating Our World | Rubin Museum of Art

After the 2016 election, we organized a special meditation program, Election Exhale.

If you're in need of an exhale, you can find a recording of the session in the Rubin Care Package.

In this time of great instability, our global community is experiencing change at a rapid pace and encountering fear, loss, isolation, and growing stress. When faced with uncertainty and turmoil, Buddhists rely on traditional practices developed over two thousand years…

Sometimes we find ourselves overly concerned with anxieties about the future or feelings about the past. For many people...
11/06/2020
Rubin Care Package-Art and Practices for Navigating Our World | Rubin Museum of Art

Sometimes we find ourselves overly concerned with anxieties about the future or feelings about the past. For many people, election season is one of those times!

If you’re struggling with anxiety or you’re in need of some perspective, we've compiled a few lessons we’ve learned from Museum guest meditation teachers in the Rubin Care Package. We'd recommend the blog post "Assess Your Inner State: 3 Calming Meditations from Mindfulness Experts" where you can read and listen to a few of these lessons from the experts.

In this time of great instability, our global community is experiencing change at a rapid pace and encountering fear, loss, isolation, and growing stress. When faced with uncertainty and turmoil, Buddhists rely on traditional practices developed over two thousand years…

11/05/2020

Planning a Museum visit?

After learning more about visitor needs, we've decided to temporarily adjust our open hours so that we can focus on creating the best Rubin experience possible. Starting Monday, November 9, the Rubin Museum will be closed on Mondays; our visitor hours Thursday through Sunday will remain the same.

We hope to see you soon!

It's Election Day in the U.S.! Have you #voted yet?With a tense election in the middle of a pandemic, you might be looki...
11/03/2020

It's Election Day in the U.S.! Have you #voted yet?

With a tense election in the middle of a pandemic, you might be looking to ground yourself in this uncertain time. Inspired by the practices reflected in Buddhist visual culture, we've compiled resources in our newly-updated Rubin Care Package to foster peace of mind wherever you are: http://therubin.org/2zx

The walls in our galleries are more than just functional surfaces for hanging art. The walls were designed to work in ta...
10/30/2020

The walls in our galleries are more than just functional surfaces for hanging art. The walls were designed to work in tandem with the spiral staircase to evoke the layout of a mandala.

Created as a tool for meditation, mandalas typically portray a bird’s-eye view of a deity’s palace. The deity resides in the center within a circle, which is itself inscribed within a bisected square representing the palace gates. Look at the mandala of Heruka Krishna Yamari alongside a layout of our 2nd-floor galleries to spot the similarities.
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Mandala of Heruka Krishna Yamari; Tsang Province, Central Tibet; 15th century; mineral pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.41 (HAR 65464)

This month, people around the world have been celebrating Navaratri, a Hindu festival representing the triumph of good o...
10/26/2020

This month, people around the world have been celebrating Navaratri, a Hindu festival representing the triumph of good over evil. In some parts of the Indian subcontinent, Navaratri is synonymous with Durga Puja, which marks the goddess Durga’s defeat of the shape-shifting buffalo demon Mahishasura.

This statue depicts the moment of Durga's victory. Having chopped the bull’s head off, Durga pulls the body of the demigod from the animal by the hair and stabs him before he can even draw his sword.
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Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon (Durga Mahisasuramardini); Nepal; 12th or 13th century; gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.11 (HAR 65433)

Do you love Indian Classical Music? Join us, Brooklyn Raga Massive, and Pioneer Works for the annual Ragas Live Festival...
10/23/2020
Ragas Live Festival

Do you love Indian Classical Music? Join us, Brooklyn Raga Massive, and Pioneer Works for the annual Ragas Live Festival! This year, the 24-hour celebration will be online Nov 21-22. Registration is open now!

https://live.pioneerworks.org/ragas/

The annual 24-hour, 24-set Indian Classical Music festival at Pioneer Works.

10/22/2020
Thank you for joining our virtual gala!

We hope you enjoyed our virtual gala last night, which took us on a journey through the mandala and previewed our plans for a new 3rd floor! We are so pleased to share that we have raised $160,000+ from nearly 200 donors! Your generosity helps bring to life a new center of emotional learning, art, and inspiration for children and adults alike at the Rubin Museum.

There is still time to make a donation to support the Museum and watch the gala video through Monday, October 26: http://therubin.org/308

We would also like to take this chance to say thank you once more to our generous sponsors. Thanks for making this year's gala a success!

Yesterday, we announced our plans for a new 3rd floor at the Museum: an interactive space for social and emotional learn...
10/21/2020

Yesterday, we announced our plans for a new 3rd floor at the Museum: an interactive space for social and emotional learning called the Mandala Lab, inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist mandala and designed by Peterson Rich Office (PRO)!

The floor will be divided into 4 sections representing the cardinal directions, symbolic colors, and elements of the mandala practice. Each quadrant will invite you to recognize a difficult emotion within yourself and convert it into a pearl of complementary wisdom.

The Lab will also be the foundation of our school and family programs, as a way to provide younger generations with tools for navigating the world more skillfully.

Join our virtual gala tonight, also inspired by the mandala, to support this initiative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghzJdYXeg20&feature=youtu.be

Have you ever learned something you needed to know at just the right time?This painting depicts Lama Jatson Nyingpo, who...
10/19/2020

Have you ever learned something you needed to know at just the right time?

This painting depicts Lama Jatson Nyingpo, who lived from 1585 to 1656 and is considered a "terton," or treasure revealer, who discovered a hidden text left by the great Tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century.

Padmasambhava is said to have hid many of these treasures, or "terma," throughout the Himalayas with the intention that they would be revealed when needed. By composing different teachings for different times, Padmasambhava understood the fluidity needed to convey the eternal truth that pervades them.
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Lama Jatson Nyingpo (1585–1656); Eastern Tibet; 19th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin; C2006.66.556 (HAR 1035)

Our first free-to-attend gala is happening virtually this Wednesday at 6 PM. Will you join us?
10/19/2020
Inside the Mandala: A Virtual Gala by Rubin Museum of Art

Our first free-to-attend gala is happening virtually this Wednesday at 6 PM. Will you join us?

Want to support the Rubin's virtual gala at a higher level? View our Corporate Sponsorship and Individual Sponsorship opportunities.We met our first $25,000 challenge ...

This Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00 PM, join us for Inside the Mandala: A Virtual Gala, a free-to-attend fundraising even...
10/17/2020

This Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00 PM, join us for Inside the Mandala: A Virtual Gala, a free-to-attend fundraising event.

The mandala is one of Himalayan Buddhism’s most ubiquitous symbols and depicts a realm that is both complex and sacred. During this virtual gala you’ll explore the mandala—awakening the mind, body, and heart.

Journey with guests who take inspiration from the four main rooms of the mandala palace, including teacher and lineage holders Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche, artist Laurie Anderson, integrative medicine pioneer Deepak Chopra, and many more!

Learn more and register: http://therubin.org/302

Take a look at the clouds in this painting. The rolling, swirling pattern seen here is featured in many Himalayan artwor...
10/13/2020

Take a look at the clouds in this painting. The rolling, swirling pattern seen here is featured in many Himalayan artworks and serve as the background in a landscape or as the platform of a deity’s throne.

You'll also find this pattern built into the copper "cloud wall" in our lobby. The wall was made by legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser, who passed away earlier this year. The "I

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day in the U.S. Too often, stories from indigenous communities have been suppressed or even ...
10/12/2020

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day in the U.S. Too often, stories from indigenous communities have been suppressed or even erased from history.

This photograph by activist and artist Shahidul Alam superimposes a portrait of the Bangladeshi indigenous rights activist Kalpana Chakma over pages from her diary. Chakma was a young leader working for the rights of indigenous people to govern their own land in the military-occupied Chittagong Hill Tracts. One morning in June 1996, she was abducted at gunpoint by the military. It “was something the state wanted us to forget,” writes Alam.

Although Alam never met Kalpana in person, he has documented and commemorated her life over the course of his career to challenge her erasure from history.

See this work in the exhibition "Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power," currently on view at the Rubin.
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📸: Shahidul Alam (b. 1955, Dhaka, Bangladesh); Newspaper Clipping of Combined Image of Kalpana Chakma and Snippets from Her Diary; 2014; photograph; image courtesy of Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

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THANGKA WEBINAR 1.5 hour webinar in response to questions that monastics, scholars, collectors, museum professionals and meditators ask. Includes description of thangka form, history, usage, text/thangka relationship, safe storage, and respectful choices in preservation. Based on 50 years of thangka research. Further online thangka events will follow in October. This is a direct link to the webinar:
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Having lived in the area and China for over 6 years this is rather interesting....
Happy World's first International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies. Here are 8 digital Climate Change themed art shows I curated which was published to commemorate this day by: Tiredearth: https://www.tiredearth.com/articles/eight-climate-change-themed-digital-art-shows-very-first-international-day-clean-air-blue for TRVST: https://www.trvst.world/inspiration/eight-climate-change-themed-digital-art-shows/?fbclid=IwAR2xbGrYFggITL7IjGnWqCaCBIHq2oBmpgyj5QuUIiw9_pMkkPV-KkgaGXk
Thanks to my friend Jill I have reconnected with the Rubin, not to be confused with the sandwich. Check out the Rubin Care Pkg and the Rubin Daily Offering. Outstanding - what a gift. Cheers to my sister Georgia who first took me to the Rubin.
You don't have to be a senior to enjoy the things that the Rubin Museum has to offer during these difficult times.
...sending Loving Blessings...
if anyone is seeking a ticket to tonight's talk i cannot make it, lemme know soon
Medicine Woman Gina Breedlove will bring her Sound Healing & Music ritual to Naked Soul at the Rubin on June 14th, 7pm- tkts on sale now https://youtu.be/XIhqUg8LPeY
You can enter your intention from the Bay Area and someone in NY will spin the wheel for you! ++ ❤️ thank you Cindy Mieri
DJ ROSHNI SAMLAL spinning wonderful beats Friday night, a great way to spend the evening grooving to the sacred art of my pees!