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.

In Tibetan Buddhism, deities are often depicted seated upon a lotus throne as a means to signify their enlightenment and...
08/11/2020

In Tibetan Buddhism, deities are often depicted seated upon a lotus throne as a means to signify their enlightenment and purity. This stone sculpture from 12th century India depicts the major events of the Buddha’s life. At its center, we can see the Buddha seated under a bodhi tree upon a double lotus throne.

In a more contemporary depiction, Shiva Ahmadi’s “Lotus,” the central figure is seated upon a large lotus throne. Ahmadi uses the lotus symbology to elevate the stature of this being in relation to the community of figures surrounding them. The purity of the lotus contrasts with the violent scene that unfolds throughout the animation. You can see this work in the exhibition “Shrine Room Projects” upon the Museum’s reopening.
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🏷️ Major Events of the Buddha’s Life; Northeastern India, 12th century; stone with pigments; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.4.2
🖼️ Shiva Ahmadi (b. 1975, Tehran, Iran); Lotus; 2014; single-channel animation; 8 min. 52 sec.; courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco | #Lotus #ShivaAhmadi #Animation #ContemporaryArt #ArtOfTheDay #Buddha #LotusThrone #Bodhi
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In Tibetan Buddhism, deities are often depicted seated upon a lotus throne as a means to signify their enlightenment and...
08/11/2020

In Tibetan Buddhism, deities are often depicted seated upon a lotus throne as a means to signify their enlightenment and purity. This stone sculpture from 12th century India depicts the major events of the Buddha’s life. At its center, we can see the Buddha seated under a bodhi tree upon a double lotus throne.

In a more contemporary depiction, Shiva Ahmadi’s “Lotus,” the central figure is seated upon a large lotus throne. Ahmadi uses the lotus symbology to elevate the stature of this being in relation to the community of figures surrounding them. The purity of the lotus contrasts with the violent scene that unfolds throughout the animation. You can see this work in the exhibition “Shrine Room Projects” upon the Museum’s reopening.
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🏷️ Major Events of the Buddha’s Life; Northeastern India, 12th century; stone with pigments; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.4.2
🖼️ Shiva Ahmadi (b. 1975, Tehran, Iran); Lotus; 2014; single-channel animation; 8 min. 52 sec.; courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco | #Lotus #ShivaAhmadi #Animation #ContemporaryArt #ArtOfTheDay #Buddha #LotusThrone #Bodhi

“By making the surface beautiful and shiny, I want to seduce the viewer to get close before revealing the ugly truth,” s...
07/22/2020

“By making the surface beautiful and shiny, I want to seduce the viewer to get close before revealing the ugly truth,” said artist Shiva Ahmadi (@shivaahmadi_studio) in a recent interview.

Her video animation “Lotus” draws viewers in to a peaceful scene that slowly transforms into violence. A serene looking leader is seated atop a lotus flower, but as the video unfolds, grenades and blood emerge. Ahamdi uses iconic figures like the Buddha as inspiration to shed light on the complexity of political leadership. Although many leaders start out with good intentions, corruption and abuse of power sometimes seem inevitable.

Ahmadi’s interest in the relationship between peaceful political imagery and concealed strife resonates with current events around the world and in our own country. Through her work, Ahmadi asks viewers to look critically at political images and consider what may be missing from the story.
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Shiva Ahmadi (b. 1975, Tehran, Iran); Lotus; 2014; single-channel animation; 8 min. 52 sec.; courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco; photograph courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco | #Lotus #ShivaAhmadi #Animation #ContemporaryArt #ArtOfTheDay

We just added this article on "The Spiritual Practice to Waking Up to Power" to our digital Care Package.Check it out — ...
07/20/2020

We just added this article on "The Spiritual Practice to Waking Up to Power" to our digital Care Package.

Check it out — along with other perspectives on the social issues of our time + practices to engage with them: http://therubin.org/2zx

Explore our collection like never before! Today we're introducing our new online database with hundreds of objects to di...
07/17/2020

Explore our collection like never before! Today we're introducing our new online database with hundreds of objects to discover and more on the way!

We will continue adding objects, with the goal of eventually publishing our entire collection of nearly 4,000 objects spanning more than 1,500 years.

Search through the collection: https://collection.rubinmuseum.org

Thank you for filling our feed and inboxes with the beautiful lotuses you’ve made for the Museum installation The Lotus ...
07/16/2020

Thank you for filling our feed and inboxes with the beautiful lotuses you’ve made for the Museum installation The Lotus Effect! We love these submissions from @kelliemurph, @barb_a_gram, and @rebecca18kelly!

Learn how to fold your own lotus with artist @uttamg911 and share it with us! Learn more by visiting the link: https://rubinmuseum.org/events/exhibitions/the-lotus-effect

07/15/2020

Even though our doors are temporarily closed, the Museum will continue to provide digital offerings that are free and accessible to all.

Support our work by donating to our Annual Fund and your gift will be matched by a member of our board, up to $5,000: http://therubin.org/2zt

Padmasambhava is considered one of the founding teachers of Buddhism in Tibet. He is credited with taming the spiritual ...
07/14/2020

Padmasambhava is considered one of the founding teachers of Buddhism in Tibet. He is credited with taming the spiritual forces opposed to Buddhism and transforming them into Buddhist protectors.

Padmasambhava is said to have been miraculously born in a lotus flower, a symbol of transformation. Here he is seated in the lotus position upon a large white lotus, hovering above water, with more pink lotus flowers surrounding him.
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💡 Feeling inspired by the symbol of the lotus? Join The Lotus Effect, a participatory installation unfolding at the Rubin: http://therubin.org/2zr
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🖼️ Padmasambhava; Tibet; 19th Century; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.66.530 (HAR 1003)

Buddha Amitabha, the buddha of “Infinite Light,” represents discerning wisdom. He and his family share the emblem of the...
07/11/2020

Buddha Amitabha, the buddha of “Infinite Light,” represents discerning wisdom. He and his family share the emblem of the lotus, a symbol to their transcendental insights.

In this painting, Buddha Amitabha is in red and wearing the traditional patchwork robes of a monk, he sits in the lotus position with his hands in a meditative gesture, holding a bowl of nectar. Here he is shown within a palace, accompanied by the Eight Great Bodhisattvas. Illustrating the wishes of practitioners and devotees, a scene at the lower center shows him receiving people entering his pure realm on a beam of rainbow light.
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💡 Feeling inspired by the symbol of the lotus? Join #TheLotusEffect, a participatory installation unfolding at the Rubin: http://therubin.org/2zr
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🖼️ Buddha Amitabha; Central Tibet; 18th Century; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.66.185 (HAR 200)

There's still time to join our friends for this 5-week transnational collective practice to transform race as we know it...
07/10/2020

There's still time to join our friends for this 5-week transnational collective practice to transform race as we know it.

THIS Sunday July 5th
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In some Buddhist traditions, the Sanskrit word "buddha" is a title. There are many figures within the Buddhist pantheon ...
07/08/2020

In some Buddhist traditions, the Sanskrit word "buddha" is a title. There are many figures within the Buddhist pantheon that will carry the title of buddha, such as Buddha Amitabha, the buddha of the lotus family.

In this painting, Amitabha, red in color, is seated in a lotus position. He sits upon a lotus throne, a representation of his enlightenment, and is set within his pureland, Sukhavati.
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💡 Feeling inspired by Amitabha's lotus pose and throne? Join The Lotus Effect, a participatory installation unfolding at the Rubin: http://therubin.org/2zr

🖼️ Buddha Amitabha in His Pure Land; Central Tibet; 19th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; F1997.6.3 (HAR 85)

Happy #FourthofJuly! 🎆Although it’s Independence Day, we are also celebrating today as "Interdependence Day!” According ...
07/04/2020

Happy #FourthofJuly! 🎆

Although it’s Independence Day, we are also celebrating today as "Interdependence Day!” According to Buddhism, we all exist relative to other beings, conditions, and things. In other words, we are not truly independent from one another.

This dependence on others is shown in the outer ring of the Wheel of Life. This ring is called the 12 links of dependent origination and it shows how qualities like ignorance can set off a chain reaction of suffering. However, one can replace ignorance with wisdom and break this cycle.

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🏷️ Wheel of Existence; early 20th Century; Tibet; Rubin Museum of Art;
C2004.21.1 (HAR65356)

Summer is lotus season! In this painting, the deity of compassion, Avalokiteshvara, holds a lotus in his hand that bloss...
07/02/2020

Summer is lotus season! In this painting, the deity of compassion, Avalokiteshvara, holds a lotus in his hand that blossoms to reveal his spiritual father, Buddha Amitabha.
Here the lotus represents compassion because of its appearance with Avalokiteshvara. The lotus also represents the blossoming lineage of Buddha Amitabha, the head of Lotus family.
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💡 Feeling inspired? Join The Lotus Effect, a participatory installation unfolding at the Rubin: http://therubin.org/2zr
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🏷 Avalokiteshvara; Kham Province, Tibet; 19th century; ground mineral pigment on cotton; Rubin Museum of Art; C2008.9 (HAR65829)

06/29/2020

A generous member of the Museum board has offered to match all Annual Fund donations up to $5,000 that are received by July 15.

Join this challenge by making a donation online today: http://therubin.org/2zt

To celebrate #PrideMonth, we want to highlight a work from our collection that depicts gender diversity. Within Hinduism...
06/28/2020

To celebrate #PrideMonth, we want to highlight a work from our collection that depicts gender diversity. Within Hinduism, Shiva and Parvati represent the ultimate divine couple. This sculpture depicts Shiva sitting with Parvati, the two appearing to melt into one another. One particular form of Shiva and Parvati is known as Ardhanarishvara (lord that is half woman), in which both traditional genders are merged to form a new being that is neither and both.

The figure Ardhanarishvara represents the fluidity of gender. This form of Shiva and Parvati reflects the ongoing discourse around gender identity and examines the diverse nature of gender.

🏷️ Shiva and Parvati; Nepal; 13th century; metal; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.12 (HAR 65434)

The legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser passed away yesterday at the age of 91. The “I ♥ NY” creator left his legac...
06/27/2020

The legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser passed away yesterday at the age of 91. The “I ♥ NY” creator left his legacy on the City and the world with his iconic creations and influence on the design community.

Our own visual history is deeply rooted in Glaser's work. We’re honored to have worked with him on projects like the creation of the Rubin Museum’s original logo, the copper cloud wall installed in our lobby, and more.

Glaser last joined us for our annual fundraiser in 2019, “Power After Dark,” where he was the guest of Museum Co-founder and Board Chair Shelley Rubin.

#MiltonGlaser #IHeartNewYork #RubinMuseum @ New York, New York

Lotuses grow from the murky waters of a swamp and rise to the surface to bloom pure and pristine. 🌷In Tibetan Buddhism t...
06/22/2020

Lotuses grow from the murky waters of a swamp and rise to the surface to bloom pure and pristine. 🌷

In Tibetan Buddhism the lotus can represent many ideas. From compassion to purity, the lotus flower is a sacred symbol that demonstrates the ability to overcome suffering regardless of one’s roots. The lotus is a pertinent symbol today, offering a reminder that moments of beauty and growth can emerge from the toughest conditions.

Join our participatory installation The Lotus Effect! Visit our site for more info: http://therubin.org/2zr.
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🏷️Green Tara; Central Tibet; 14th century; Rubin Museum of Art; C2003.11.1 (HAR 65209)

🖼️ Terdak Lingpa (1646–1714); Mindroling Monastery, Tsang Province, Central Tibet; early 18th century; Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.1.1 (HAR 65032)

🏷️ Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara; Nepal; 13th–14th century; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.8 (HAR 65430)

06/19/2020
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Today is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery, celebrating African American history, and for reflection on the ongoing struggle for racial justice.

Last year as part of a yearlong dialogue on the subject of power, guest speakers at the Rubin explored the intersection of race, activism, and faith today in a panel co-hosted with Lion's Roar magazine. You can watch a recording of the event, which features DaRa Williams, Kamilah Majied, and Willie Mukei Smith.

How do the experiences of Black American Buddhists shape an understanding of the dharma?

Faith traditions have been pillars of many Black American communities and played key roles in racial and social justice movements. Hear how Buddhism interacts with other faith traditions and activism with speakers DaRa Williams, Kamilah Majied, and Willie Mukei Smith in this panel curated by Lion's Roar Magazine.

Learn more about this program: http://therubin.org/2va

(The speakers will participate in a Q&A with members of the audience. Questions will not be solicited online, but online questions may be shared with the speakers after the program concludes.)

06/18/2020
The Lotus Effect with origami artist Uttam Grandhi

Dear followers, you’re invited to be part of a new installation at the Rubin: The Lotus Effect. Inspired by the work of artist Uttam Grandhi and the lotuses depicted in our collection that represent purity, awakening, transformation, and compassion, The Lotus Effect asks you create an origami lotus and contribute it to a participatory installation of gratitude and perseverance. Here’s how:

• Watch this video to learn more about the project and how to fold a lotus.

• Dedicate your lotus to someone or something that inspires you during challenging and transformative times.

• Share your lotus with the Museum You can bring your lotus to the Rubin in person when we reopen or mail your lotus to us. You can also share on Instagram or Twitter anytime, tagging @RubinMuseum and #TheLotusEffect for a chance to have it installed digitally in the Museum lobby.

• Follow us on social media over the next few weeks as we explore the various depictions and meanings of lotuses in paintings and sculptures from our collection.

Visit our website for more information on the project and how to participate: http://therubin.org/2zr

In our recently re-published Mindfulness Podcast, Tracy Cochran discusses the role of hope and compassion in times of an...
06/12/2020

In our recently re-published Mindfulness Podcast, Tracy Cochran discusses the role of hope and compassion in times of anxiety and seemingly irreconcilable differences between people: http://therubin.org/2zo

🖼️ Peaceful & Wrathful Deities of the Bardo; Tibet; 18th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin; C2006.66.17 (HAR 505)

The most important month in the Tibetan lunar calendar is Saga Dawa, which runs from late May to late June. Today is the...
06/05/2020

The most important month in the Tibetan lunar calendar is Saga Dawa, which runs from late May to late June. Today is the 15th day of the month, Saga Dawa Düchen, which is the holiest day of the year for Tibetan Buddhists.

Saga Dawa Düchen commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of the Buddha, or Buddha Shakyamuni. Through his teachings and stories of his lives, the Buddha inspires Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike to dedicate their actions to the benefit of all sentient beings, freedom from suffering, and elimination of the root causes of suffering.
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Life Story of the Buddha Shakyamuni; 18th-19th century; Tibet; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin; C2006.66.222; HAR275

“Please, I can’t breathe…”At the Rubin we talk a lot about the importance of our breath and its relationship with our ph...
06/01/2020

“Please, I can’t breathe…”

At the Rubin we talk a lot about the importance of our breath and its relationship with our physical, mental, spiritual, and societal well-being. To brutally take away the inalienable right to live and breathe is an unfathomable crime, but we are forced to reckon with it being consistently perpetuated against communities of color.

Over the past few days we’ve been grieving and reflecting on the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others, as well as the systematic racism and violence towards black people that persist in the United States. Racial equity is a human right. We owe it to our visitors, followers, neighbors, and Museum staff to engage more deeply in anti-racist work and ask what we at the Rubin can do to help achieve racial equity. We know we have a long way to go.

For today we want to share our solidarity with protesters all across the country and some of the resources that we are turning to right now (visit the link in our bio). If you have any resources on anti-racist work that you’d like to share, please comment or send us a DM.

#BlackLivesMatter

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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