Rubin Museum of Art

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.

Photographer Shahidul Alam recalls that during the '88 flood in Bangladesh, a photography studio miraculously remained o...
05/28/2020
Art of the Week: Shahidul Alam's "Woman Wading in Flood"

Photographer Shahidul Alam recalls that during the '88 flood in Bangladesh, a photography studio miraculously remained open for business on this street. The studio, and photography itself can be interpreted as a symbol of truth-telling.

In 1988 Bangladesh suffered its worst flood in a century. Photographer and activist Shahidul Alam photographed the natural disaster and its effects on the lives of Bangladeshis. In the photograph, “Woman Wading in Flood,” Alam captures a street scene filled…

All 30 episodes of The Rubin Daily Offering are now available on our website. Tune in to join Museum staff and guest spe...
05/27/2020
Engage with change at home with all 30 episodes of The Rubin Daily Offering

All 30 episodes of The Rubin Daily Offering are now available on our website. Tune in to join Museum staff and guest speakers in exploring works of art and techniques for navigating our world.

Himalayan art contains powerful tools for shifting perspectives, which can help us navigate our lives, especially in moments of crisis. Our new video series, The Rubin Daily Offering, provides art, ideas, and practices inspired by our collection to help us…

05/25/2020
Week 6 Ep 5: Drawing as Meditative Practice w/ Palden Weinreb

In the final episode of The Rubin Daily Offering, Rubin Museum Executive Director Jorrit Britschgi describes the mandala of Guhyasamaja Akshobhyavajra, exploring how mandalas are used as a meditative tool and means to contemplate emptiness. Artist Palden Weinreb then explores how meditation and mantra guided his early practice.

05/24/2020
Week 6 Ep 4: Impermanence of Identity w/ the Yakpo Collective

In this episode of The Rubin Daily Offering, Rubin Museum Executive Director Jorrit Britschgi introduces a series of self-portraits by the contemporary artist Gonkar Gyatso. Then members of The Yakpo Collective share how personal growth and the impermanence of identity have shaped them as young artists from the Tibetan diaspora.
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additional image credit: Gonkar Gyatso (b. 1961, Lhasa); My Identity series; 2007; chromogenic prints; courtesy of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection

05/23/2020
Week 6 Ep 3: Resonating with Silence w/ Manose

In this episode, Rubin Museum Executive Director Jorrit Britschgi tells the story of the yogi and poet Milarepa. His dark past and transformation highlight our ability to change and grow, despite tumultuous beginnings.

Then, Grammy-nominated Nepalese musician Manose improvises a piece on the bamboo flute inspired by Milarepa. He asks us to not only listen to our environments in new ways but also to resonate with silence.

05/22/2020
Week 6 Ep 2: Finding Ritual in the Mundane w/ Youdhistir Maharjan

In this episode of The Rubin Daily Offering, Rubin Museum Executive Director Jorrit Britschgi describes a standing prayer wheel. Artist Youdhistir Maharjan then shares his labor-intensive artistic practice. While staying at home, Maharjan is cutting each individual letter out of Gabriel García Márquez’s book One Hundred Years of Solitude, showing that the repetitive and mundane can become a form of meditation.

05/21/2020
Week 6 Ep 1: Destruction Can Inspire Creation with Tsherin Sherpa

Today we begin the 6th and final week of The Rubin Daily Offering, featuring artists with ties to the Himalayan region. Join us over the next 5 days as arists share creative practices that inspire their work and invite us to think creatively and collaboratively.

In the 1st episode, Rubin Museum Executive Director Jorrit Britschgi introduces Tsherin Sherpa’s "Wish-fulfilling Tree," currently on view in the Rubin Museum’s exhibition "Shrine Room Projects." Then artist Tsherin Sherpa invites viewers to share an image of a treasured object as a collective act to create connection during this time of separation.

What object makes you contemplate loss? Share with us on instagram tagging @RubinMuseum and #EngageWithChange.

In Spiral magazine, mindfulness physiology researcher Ayman Mukerji Househam shares tips on how to cope with challenges ...
05/20/2020
Advice from a Mindfulness Teacher

In Spiral magazine, mindfulness physiology researcher Ayman Mukerji Househam shares tips on how to cope with challenges like raising a child, changing family dynamics, and power struggles. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

Useful tips for diffusing family power struggles Preschooler Problems My preschooler son is amazing until he decides to be defiant. He’ll put his foot down and simply not listen to what we ask him to do. This happens at least…

Where do you find refuge? Inspired by a sculpture of Buddha Shakyamuni, we discuss refuge and strength on our Mindfulnes...
05/17/2020
Mindfulness Meditation Podcast: Sharon Salzberg on Seeking Refuge

Where do you find refuge? Inspired by a sculpture of Buddha Shakyamuni, we discuss refuge and strength on our Mindfulness Podcast.

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…

Shezad Dawood’s “Wrathful Activity, Fierce Energy” is a neon reimagining of a wrathful deity, meant to protect against e...
05/13/2020

Shezad Dawood’s “Wrathful Activity, Fierce Energy” is a neon reimagining of a wrathful deity, meant to protect against enemies & evil energy.

Dawood’s sculpture, our Art Of The Week, still illuminates our lobby, watching over it while we are away: http://therubin.org/2zj

This painting depicts Queen Maya giving birth to the Buddha from her side. After Maya's death, her sister raised the Bud...
05/10/2020

This painting depicts Queen Maya giving birth to the Buddha from her side. After Maya's death, her sister raised the Buddha as his adoptive mother and became the first ordained Buddhist nun.

This Mother's Day we're grateful for the maternal figures in our lives and the maternal aspects we each embody.

May all the mothers who are facing unique challenges during this pandemic find support and compassion, today and everyday.

(Birth of Buddha; Tibet; 19th century; Rubin Museum of Art C2004.14.6)

This mandala is meant for tantric Buddhist meditation but it can inspire mindfulness practice as well.
05/08/2020
Mindfulness Meditation Podcast: Tracy Cochran on Seeking Refuge

This mandala is meant for tantric Buddhist meditation but it can inspire mindfulness practice as well.

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...

In 2018, Bangledeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam was arrested and taken to Keraniganj Prison for his public ...
05/06/2020
Art of the Week: Model of Keraniganj Prison

In 2018, Bangledeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam was arrested and taken to Keraniganj Prison for his public support of student-led protests for traffic safety.

This model of the prison is based on his memory of that time, created in collaboration with his niece, the architect Sofia Karim.

During Alam's detainment, a coalition of local and global activists, writers, and artists campaigned for his immediate release through what became known as the Free Shahidul movement.

Today we're joining #GivingTuesdayNow, a nationwide movement focused on giving back to causes that allow for social conn...
05/05/2020
Donations | Rubin Museum of Art

Today we're joining #GivingTuesdayNow, a nationwide movement focused on giving back to causes that allow for social connection and kindness.

During this crisis, we aspire to be a vital source of inspiration and support in people’s lives. Over the past 6 weeks, we have spread the power of Himalayan art and ideas through new digital initiatives like our Care Package, The Rubin Daily Offering video series, and our stream of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room, even while our doors are closed.

You can be part of our mission and help us lift spirits through our digital offerings when you make a gift to the Rubin today. Our team and community of artists, teachers, experts, and creatives are working hard to ensure that the Rubin continues to be a place to discover timeless wisdom from the Himalayas, and we appreciate all of your support!

05/04/2020
Week 5 Ep 5: Be Open to the Unknown with Arun Ramamurthy and Trina Basu

This past week, musicians from the artist collective Brooklyn Raga Massive have joined the Rubin’s Assistant Manager of Digital Engagement Aidan Young to explore lessons in impermanence from the Museum’s art collection and how uncertainty can fuel inspiration in our lives.

In this episode, Aidan explores an intricate painting from a set that depicts the eight manifestations of Padmasambhava. Then Arun Ramamurthy and Trina Basu share lessons in embracing the unknown and a musical offering, an improvisation in raga Yaman.

05/03/2020
Week 5 Ep 4: Cycles of Breath with Kaoru Watanabe

In this episode of The Rubin Daily Offering, the Museum's Assistant Manager of Digital Engagement Aidan Young describes a vivid contemporary painting of the Wheel of Existence, a visual representation of Buddhist beliefs about life, death, and rebirth. Then musician Kaoru Watanabe (@kaorufue) shares a composition on the shinobue, taiko, and narimono called Chiru, exploring intention and the breath.

05/02/2020
Week 5 Ep 3: Push Beyond Boundaries with Kane Mathis

In this episode, the Rubin's Assistant Manager of Digital Engagement Aidan Young explores a beautiful sculpture of Vajravarahi, the powerful deity who embodies the wisdom of all buddhas. Then musician Kane Mathis of Brooklyn Raga Massive explores how to be reflective and authentic, taking us through an improvisation on the oud of Uşşak Taksim.

Happy Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month! We are honored to be a Museum that celebrates and preserves rich art an...
05/01/2020

Happy Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month! We are honored to be a Museum that celebrates and preserves rich art and cultures from Himalayan Asia.

05/01/2020
Week 5 Ep 2: Sing, Dance, and Play with Jay Gandhi

In this episode, the Rubin's Assistant Manager of Digital Engagement Aidan Young describes a vibrant painting of the mahasiddhas Kamala, Suvarnadvipa, and Viraya, who are three of the 84 great mahasiddhas. Then musician Jay Gandhi inspires us to embrace spontaneity and subtle emotions, as he shares a musical offering from Alep, the opening section of the raga Desh.

04/30/2020
Week 5 Ep 1: Connect to the Voices that Came Before Us w/ Roopa Mahadevan

For the fifth week of The Rubin Daily Offering, musicians from the artist collective Brooklyn Raga Massive join the Rubin’s Assistant Manager of Digital Engagement Aidan Young to explore lessons in impermanence from the Museum’s art collection and how uncertainty can fuel inspiration in our lives.

In this episode, Aidan introduces a thangka painting of Saraswati, a goddess of learning, music, and aesthetics. Then Roopa Mahadevan offers a teaching on resilience and performs a musical piece from the raga Kalyani.

From 1980-1981, Taiwanese American artist Hsieh Tehching spent an entire year living inside his studio. He punched a fac...
04/29/2020
Art of the Week: "One Year Performance (1980–1981)," 20th century

From 1980-1981, Taiwanese American artist Hsieh Tehching spent an entire year living inside his studio. He punched a factory-like time clock every hour, on the hour, for 365 days, resulting in the performance work “One Year Performance.”

Taiwanese American artist Hsieh Tehching spent an entire year living inside his studio, from 1980 to 1981, resulting in the performance work One Year Performance. Every day for 365 days, Hsieh punched a factory-like time clock every hour, on the…

04/27/2020
Trollbäck+Company

Trollbäck+Company

#FromtheArchives This animated video we made for the Rubin Museum of Art explores the philosophies of Tibetan master Padmasambhava and his teachings that time is not absolute... a comforting message as we wait and wonder. See the full film at: https://trollback.com/projects/the-rubin-museum/

04/27/2020
Week 4 Ep 5: Learning to Self-Correct

In the final episode of the week, the Rubin’s Manager of Visitor Experience and Interpretation Dawnette Samuels explores a painting of Prajnaparamita, or the mother of perfection. Then the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi teaches us about this special deity and how she embodies the message of the Heart Sutra, inspiring us to move toward wisdom.

04/26/2020
Week 4 Ep 4: Embodying Presence

In this episode, the Rubin's Manager of Visitor Experience and Interpretation Dawnette Samuels describes a beautiful sculpture of Vajrasattva, a primordial buddha. Then the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi shares the Hundred Syllable Mantra of Vajrasattva to help us be more present and fearless.

04/25/2020
Week 4 Ep 3: Loving-Kindness to Inspire Interconnectedness

In this episode, the Rubin's Manager of Visitor Experience and Interpretation Dawnette Samuels explores an intricate, striking image of the Bodhisattva of Compassion Avalokiteshvara, also known as Lokeshvara. Then the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi leads a meditation to inspire loving-kindness in ourselves and others, reminding us that despite distance we are all connected.

04/24/2020
Week 4 Ep 2: Finding Our Buddha Nature

In this episode, the Rubin’s Manager of Visitor Experience and Interpretation Dawnette Samuels describes a beautiful portrait of the Buddha Maitreya, or the Future Buddha, near his cave of meditation. Then Buddhist monk the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi teaches us how Maitreya can inspire our own buddha nature and potential for buddhahood.

04/23/2020
Week 4 Ep 1: Wisdom in Solitude w/ the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi

For the 4th week of The Rubin Daily Offering, Buddhist monk and Founding Director of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi joins the Rubin’s Manager of Visitor Experience and Interpretation Dawnette Samuels to explore various teachings inspired by deities depicted in the Rubin Museum art collection that can help us find peace in solitude.

In this episode, Dawnette Samuels introduces a sculpture of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom. Then the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi offers a teaching and moment of meditation on the foundational mantra of Manjushri, "om ara pa tsa na dhi."

04/20/2020
Week 3 Ep 5: Flow Like Water with Kate Johnson

In the final episode of the week, the Rubin's Chief Experience Officer Jamie Lawyer introduces us to a painting of the enlightened being Vajrayogini, surrounded by her fellow dakinis (sky goers). Then meditation teacher and sustainability coach Kate Johnson leads a meditation to explore how we can be inspired to go with the flow and embrace movement.

04/19/2020
Week 3 Ep 4: Embracing Listening with Kate Johnson

Today, the Rubin's Chief Experience Officer Jamie Lawyer introduces us to a painting of Milarepa, the famed Tibetan poet and yogi. Then, meditation teacher and sustainability coach Kate Johnson leads a meditation inspired by Milarepa’s gesture of listening to help us expand our receptive awareness.

04/18/2020
Week 3 Ep 3: Courageous Care with Kate Johnson

In this episode of The Rubin Daily Offering, Chief Experience Officer Jamie Lawyer introduces us to a sculpture of the Hindu goddess Durga killing the buffalo demon. Then meditation teacher and sustainability coach Kate Johnson leads a meditation to explore how Durga can inspire us to embody courageous compassion and fierce love.

04/17/2020
Week 3 Ep 2: Spiritual Abundance with Kate Johnson

In this episode of The Rubin Daily Offering, the Rubin’s Chief Experience Officer Jamie Lawyer introduces us to a painting of Buddha Ratnasambhava and the generosity mudra. Then meditation teacher and sustainability coach Kate Johnson leads a meditation to explore how Ratnasambhava can inspire us to feel and spread a sense of generosity and abundance in our lives.

04/16/2020
Week 3, Ep 1: Earth Element with Kate Johnson

For the third week of The Rubin Daily Offering, meditation teacher and sustainability coach Kate Johnson joins the Rubin’s Chief Experience Officer Jamie Lawyer to explore how the gestures, mudras, and postures seen in artworks at the Rubin Museum can inspire us to be present in our bodies during challenging times.

In the first episode of the week, Jamie Lawyer introduces us to a beautiful painting of Buddha Shakyamuni, currently located in the exhibition Gateway to Himalayan Art. Then Kate Johnson leads a meditation to explore how the earth element can inspire us to feel more grounded in our bodies.

04/13/2020
Week 2 Ep 5: "With Spring Comes Change" w/ Dr. Tawni Tidwell

For the second week of The Rubin Daily Offering, Tibetan medicine doctor and biocultural anthropologist Dr. Tawni Tidwell joins Curator of Himalayan Art Elena Pakhoutova to explore Tibetan medical thankgas in the Rubin Museum collection and offer practices to keep bodies in balance during times of distress.

In the final episode of the week, Elena Pakhoutova describes a Tibetan medical thangka that emphasizes the importance of spring as a season of renewal. Then Dr. Tidwell reminds us to acknowledge the change of seasons by inviting natural elements into our home environments.

04/12/2020
Week 2 Ep 4: Balancing Toxins through Diet with Dr. Tawni Tidwell

This episode begins with Elena Pakhoutova describing two thankgas that depict various causes of fever and disease. She highlights the societal and environmental conditions that are thought to be the cause of these ailments as understood in the Tibetan medical tradition. Then Dr. Tawni Tidwell teaches us the importance of a balanced diet, while offering some practical guidelines for optimizing mental and physical health.

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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!
It's time to plan for the weekend. Get your tickets for the Concert to Feed the Hungry April 28, NYC! It's a great night of music benefiting Buddhist Global Relief! Tickets:
There membership is rather steep........it is so close, but with limited income....i have to make choices who i can support.....i am overwhelmed with medical bills for my back....some medical providers are treating me for free......i have to say that is because of "legacy of white, good family privelege" which is unfair........my support goes to PBS and would go to Animal Rescue Shelters...where for free I adopted Chester......best, ellen streger
I have a membership to the Rubin Museum, devoted to the Buddhist way of life. Fascinating place, so if anybody wants to join me, I can take a guest in for free. Then we can lunch at Union Square Flea Market, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.
Mantras of 21 Tara by Jowo Atisha's tradition
Mark Rubin I think we need to visit