Mandala Lab-inspired tours
This month, celebrate the one-year anniversary of the #MandalaLab with a free interactive tour on Friday nights!
The 30 minute docent-led tour will feature grounding traditional art works and an exploration of the Mandala Lab installation. Join one year of fellow museum-goers in turning emotions into wisdom!
Tours meet in the spiral lobby at 7:15 PM and last approximately 30 minutes. Join on your own or bring a friend.
Reserve your free Friday night ticket!
#MuseumTour #NYCMuseums #NYCTour #Mandala #HimalayanArt #RubinMuseum
Anger Chamber of the Traveling #MandalaLab
"Water diffuses the anger!" - humanitarian and activist Zainab Salbi
Join Salbi and neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson (Healthy Minds Innovations) as they convert their anger into mirror-like wisdom and confront the final transformative experience of the traveling Mandala Lab to overcome ignorance.
Through these video tours of the Mandala Lab, Bilbao, we hope you've gained some wisdom on how to overcome negative emotions. If you still need some help, don't worry! AWAKEN Season 2 launches next month and explores these five challenging emotions—anger, pride, attachment, envy, and ignorance—and what those feelings can teach us if we get curious. Stay tuned!
Thank you to The Wellbeing Project for hosting the traveling Mandala Lab!
Are you interested in hosting the Mandala Lab at its next stop?
Learn more and to watch the full tour!
#TravelingMandalaLab #MandalaLab #TibteanBuddhism #Emotions #HimalayanArt #Anger #RubinMuseum
Brainwave returns on October 14!
Our celebrated Brainwave series is back in person starting October 14! This fall, we explore the theme of emotions with five thought-provoking Brainwave programs focusing on five lives and five experiences of our most challenging emotions.
Join us for this special Brainwave intensive between people from all walks of life navigating challenging emotions, and scientists poised to explain the workings of the mind as it develops or redirects these afflictive states. Hear from insightful speakers, including composer Michael R. Jackson, performer Jean Grae, political commentator Janeane Garofalo, and more!
Each session of this short series offers ticket holders the opportunity to join author and performer Kevin Townley for a tour of the galleries. Engaging with the Rubin Museum’s collection and the interactive #MandalaLab, the tour examines how both sacred and secular art can help unlock the wild wisdom of human emotion. These 35-minute tours will take place at 6:00 PM or 8:30 PM.
Visit the link to learn more and to purchase program tickets! Upcoming Brainwave program dates are October 14, 21, and 28, and December 2 and 9.
Want to #GetToKnowTheRubin even more? Get a crash course in Himalayan Art 101 with our free exhibition tours!
This month, join our tours to see museum highlights and learn more about Himalayan Art! Dive deeper into our collection every weekend on Friday at 7:15 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tours are free with museum admission, and no prior registration is required.
Come see what exhibition highlights will be revealed!
Learn more! https://rubinmuseum.org/page/tours
Congratulations! We've all officially graduated from Rubin summer school! We hope that you’ve enjoyed getting to know the Rubin this summer.
There’s still so much more to learn about our collection, our galleries, and our museum! What should we explore next? Comment down below!
#HimalayanArt #TibetanBuddhsim #TibetanArt #Implements #Gestures #Figures #Postures #RubinMuseum
There are various implements used in the rituals and practices of the Himalayas, many of which can be found in our collection!
Let’s #GetToKnowTheRubin and learn more about these implements, including a stupa, hand-held drum and three-bladed dagger!
Follow along as we learn how to recognize them and what they are used for!
Can you name some of the other implements you think we’ll explore? Comment them down below!
#Implements #Rituals #Practices #HimalayanArt #RubinMuseum
Practice the gestures!
Gestures are important for visually communicating messages to viewers of artwork, but what if you don’t know what they mean?
Don’t worry! This week, follow along as we #GetToKnowTheRubin and learn the different gestures commonly found in the artwork of our collection.
#Gestures #HimalayanArt #TibetanBuddhism #RubinMuseum #Thangkas
Meet the Figures!
Wait, who is that?
This week, #GetToKnowTheRubin by learning about the important figures found throughout the artworks in our collection. Meet bodhisattvas, wrathful deities, tantric deities, and more!
From deities to humans, it can be hard to figure out who is who! Don’t worry, you’ll be able to tell them apart soon enough!
Over the next few days, we’ll share information about how to tell what type of figure you’re looking at when you visit the Rubin or when you scroll through our feed!
#HimalayanArt #Figures #BuddhistFigures #Humans #Deities #TantricDeities #WrathfulDeities #Buddha #Bodhisattvas #TibetanBuddhsim #RubinMuseum
Summer school is in session! This summer let’s #GetToKnowTheRubin! Gain a better understanding of the Himalayan art in our collection by exploring the common symbols and important figures found throughout our galleries.
Each week, follow along as we tackle an aspect of the art in our collection and break it down to help you better understand the objects you’ll come across on our feed or in the Museum.
Who says learning can’t be fun? Tag a study buddy to brush up on their Himalayan art knowledge with you below!
#GetToKnowTheRubin #LookingAtTheRubin #ArtofTheRubin #SummerSchoolatTheRubin
What makes you feel protected?
Share an image of an object, practice, or ritual that makes you feel protected! Tag us in the photo and use #VisualsofProtection and we'll re-post it to our feed.
#AAPIHeritageMonth #AAPI #AAPIHeritage #RubinMuseum #ProtectiveArt
Join our team!
Love Himalayan art and ideas? Come work with us at the Rubin! We are currently looking for an Assistant Graphic & Digital Designer to join our team.
Apply now and view any other open positions!
#RubinMuseum #HimalayanArt #EmploymentOpportunity #HiringNow
AAPI Heritage Month
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. We invite you to celebrate AAPI heritage and culture through art, education, and support for AAPI communities.
On view now, “Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans” offers contemporary perspectives, while “Masterworks” and “Gateway to Himalayan Art” highlight the rich cultural heritage of Himalayan regions. From contemporary artists to #SpiralMagazine contributors and program speakers, dive into the Rubin’s digital offerings for a range of perspectives on AAPI heritage today.
#AAPIHeritageMonth #HealingPractices #HimalayanArt #RubinMuseum
K2 Friday Nights are back at the Rubin! Starting April 29, join us on Friday nights from 6:00 - 10:00 PM for free admission, cocktails, tours, DJ sets, special programs, and more! To celebrate the return of K2, the first five Friday Nights sponsored by New York Life Insurance Company will also feature free sound baths in the theater, which require a separate ticket.
Tickets for K2 Friday Nights and the sound bath programs are now available! https://rubinmuseum.org/events/series/free-friday-nights
#K2FridayNights #FreeFridayNights #RubinMuseum #SoundBaths #ExhibitionTours
Jon Batiste at the Rubin
We saw him at the Rubin first! Congratulations to Jon Batiste who was nominated for 11 Grammys last night, the most of any artist at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, and won 5 awards including Album of the Year! Before he was a Grammy-winning artist, Batiste recorded an album and performed twice at the Rubin. The album, Live in New York: At the Rubin Museum of Art, features music inspired by the Himalayan art found in our collection. Here, in Batiste’s second performance at the Rubin, he performs a song inspired by a sculpture of the great Tantric master (mahasiddha) Virupa found in our collection.
Want to hear more? Visit the link to view the full performance! https://youtu.be/NSgFO_bpmro
#HimalayanArt #64thGrammyAwards #Grammys2022 #LiveMusic #RubinMuseum
#HappyLosar, also known as Tibetan New Year! Throughout the Himalayas and around the world, the Year of the Water Tiger will be welcomed in today. One of the most important festivals in the Tibetan calendar, Losar is marked with an effort to cleanse and purify. The New Year is an opportunity to let go of the negatives of the past year and invite positivity into our lives.
The Rubin is celebrating Losar all month with our March Family Sunday Program! Prayer flags are an important feature of Losar. They feature mantras written on them that are thought to purify the air that passes through them and permeate throughout the land. For this month’s Family Sunday, families are invited to create their own inspired prayer flags with messages of hope for the future as an embracement of the new year to come! Learn more: https://rubinmuseum.org/events/event/family-sundays-03-06-2022
Experience the Mandala Lab now!
While the holidays can be a period of joy and comfort, it can also be a time where difficult emotions can come up for us. Explore the #MandalaLab and connect with yourself, others, and your emotions in a new way.
Visit the link in our bio to plan your visit.
#TibetanBuddhism #BuddhistArt #MeditativeArt
“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos. ” ― #StephenSondheim
Over the past week, we've been reflecting on the life of the visionary Stephen Sondheim and his impact on our culture. Mr. Sondheim took part in the Rubin series Brainwave in 2016 with Harvard psycholinguist Steven Pinker. In this clip from that historic meeting of two extraordinary minds, Sondheim recalls a participatory performance with Pauline Oliveros and the mystifying “aha” moment he had. Visit the link to listen to the revelation that Prof. Pinker provides, as well as the rest of their fascinating discourse as they discuss our perceptions of the world, and how speech tonality impacts emotions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vQ7o-92tI0
As we watch, let us each in our way celebrate the artist who showed us the frailty and wonder of “Being Alive”.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Rubin
#HappyThanksgiving from the Rubin! 🦃
This year has seen tremendous changes in how we gather and visit museums, but due to your commitment to keeping each other, our city, and our community safe, we've been able to keep our doors open and continue sharing our space and art with you all.
Today we want to thank you for the amazing support you've given us this past year. We are grateful for you, our visitors, followers, members, supporters, and ambassadors, for enabling us to stay open to the public, for inspiring us, and for keeping one another safe!
Holiday at the Shop
The holiday season is fast approaching! Now is the best time of the year to explore the shop at the Rubin. Until December 24, members get 20% off all items at the shop in person and online.
Looking for something special? Join us for our annual shopping event from December 2 to 5 with Tibetan-owned, Queens-based Kalsang Pottery and hand-selected folk art items from Mingei Japan. All visitors get 10% off with free gift wrapping this weekend only.
#HolidayShopping #ShopLocalNYC #RubinMuseum
Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room Stream
Drop by the Rubin this weekend to experience the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room before it temporarily closes for a month. From October 12 to November 12 we're installing the newest iteration of Shrine Room Projects, featuring artists Rohini Devasher and Palden Weinreb!
Worried about missing this popular meditative space? Bring the sights and sounds of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room into your home with our two-hour video stream, featuring the same chants and flickering lights as the in-person installation. View the stream at the link: https://rubinmuseum.org/mediacenter/tibetan-buddhist-shrine-room-video
It’s #MandalaMakerMonday! Every Monday during our #MonthofMandalas, we’ll feature some of your beautiful mandala creations. Need some inspiration? Check out the link to find at-home activities to create your own: https://rubinmuseum.org/spiral/step-by-step-build-your-own-mandala
Tag your photos on Instagram with #MandalaMakerMonday for a chance to be featured on our feed!
One month from today, our new interactive experience #MandalaLab opens to the public. In preparation, we’re kicking off a #MonthofMandalas, where we’ll dive deep into these visual aids for meditation and practice. What makes them so special and significant? What do their components mean? Leave any questions you have about mandalas in the comments.