Pilgrimage and Faith
July 1, 2011 - October 24, 2011
For millennia people of all faiths have embarked on the practice of pilgrimage, journeying to a sacred place or shrine of special religious significance, while proceeding at the same time on an inner, spiritual journey. Objects associated with pilgrimage—whether works of high artistic skill or those intended for everyday use—often reveal deep human needs that transcend particular faiths.
Pilgrimage and Faith explores these important spiritual journeys in three of the world's largest religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. While reflecting on the shared goals of personal development and communal solidarity evident in each tradition, the exhibition also highlights their particular ritual practices and artistic expressions.
The exhibition features diverse examples of objects from each faith, including a Chinese Buddhist pilgrimage map, a Tibetan Buddhist hand prayer wheel, a twelfth-century Christian reliquary casket, Muslim clay prayer tablets.
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The Road That Teaches
A Wednesday evening conversation series which explored the nature of faith and pilgrimage between two people from different walks of life, differing spiritual experiences. Speakers included: Gloria Steinem, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Andrew Cohen, Howard Bloom, and many more. Learn More
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An immersive meditation experience where guests listened to the sound of five Kyoto temples bells when they are not being rung. Learn More
This lunchtime film series featured short documentary films of pilgrimages and sacred destinations followed by active discussion sessions.
Our Friday night feature film series screened films where pilgrimage forms a central theme: the 1964 Becket, Bunuel's The Milky Way, Travellers and Magicians, Pasolini's Canterbury Tales, Ferroukhi's Le Grande Voyage, the 1946 Razor's Edge.
Pilgrimage and Faith: Tours and Education Programs
Exhibition Tour: Pilgrimage and Faith
July 1 – September 15, 2011
Daily at 4 p.m.
Join a museum guide for an in-depth tour of Pilgrimage and Faith. Tours last approximately thirty minutes. Exhibition tours are free with museum admission and do not require reservations.
Fee: Free with museum admission
Tours for K-12, college, and adult groups are designed to introduce and develop knowledge of Himalayan traditions while encouraging meaningful explorations of the art. Special Pilgrimage and Faith tours focus directly on the themes within the exhibition. RMA guides can adapt tours to meet specific curricular or program connections. Tours last one hour and groups are welcome to continue to explore the museum afterwards if your schedule permits. Learn More
Fee: $50 per tour (free for NYC school groups) / 15 participants maximum per tour.
Verbal Description and Touch Tours are designed for visitors who are blind or partially sighted. In these one hour tours, visitors make their own pilgrimage through the culture, history, religion, and arts of the Himalayan region. Specially-trained museum Guides use close, careful descriptions and tough objects—including sculptures, art materials, wood blocks, and ritual implements—to help participants form visualization of the artworks. Learn More
Fee: Free with museum admission / 10 participants maximum per tour
American Sign Language (ASL) tours of Pilgrimage and Faith will be offered on several Friday evenings, in conjunction with the museum’s K2 Friday Night experience. ASL tour participants are invited to gather in the K2 Lounge at 6 pm, then join the tour at 7 pm. ASL tours are specifically designed for visitors who are deaf and hard of hearing, affording them a chance to learn about the cultures, history, religions, and sacred art of the Himalayan region. Voice interpretation will not be provided. Learn More
K-12 & Camp Group Offerings
Tours and Art Workshops for Elementary to High School
Pre-Visit: Meaningful Maps
A 45-minute interactive presentation led by a visiting museum educator may be scheduled free of charge after you reserve your K-12 group visit to the Rubin Museum of Art. Lesson includes an art-making activity and inquiry-based discussion about images from the museum's new Pilgrimage and Faith exhibition to support age-appropriate learning. All presentations begin with a basic introduction to geography, culture, and visual art, and generate curiosity and excitement about your upcoming trip. Learn More
Fee: Free with your tour reservation
In this session students will use mapmaking to explore the relationship between geography and art. Students will investigate mountains and travelers in the galleries and then create their own maps of imaginary mountain ranges along with directions for other travelers to journey through peaks, shrines, and other secret places. Learn More
Fee: $150 / up to 30 participants, grades K-12 / In addition to admission and tour fees
Talismans of Three Faiths (through October 2011)
Students will discover the visual art of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam in the galleries, and participate in an arts workshop that will help them make meaningful and authentic connections between their own lives and the pilgrimage experience. Using what they have learned from maps, comparative art discussions, and objects from the museum's teaching collection, students will also create their own personal talismans. Learn More
Fee: $150 / up to 25 participants
Religion, Art & Students: Working with Diverse Faiths
Using the Pilgrimage and Faith exhibition as a launching point, learn how to facilitate conversations and create programs about interfaith dialogue. The Rubin Museum of Art's professional development sessions help teachers and educators of all levels utilize museum educational resources, programs, and exhibitions. Workshops for educators include guided tours, hands-on activities, and curriculum development sessions. Learn More
Fee: $500 for 3 hour session / up to 30 participants / includes museum tour
Educational Programs for Families, Teens and Adults
Little Explorers Club
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
July & August
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Family Day: Fantastic Journeys
October 1, 2011
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Teen Art Lab: Transformative Treks
Session 1: July 6 - 29
Session 2: August 1 - 26
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Adult Continuing Education
Personal Pilgrimage: Writing Workshop Series
Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2011
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Personal Pilgrimage for Seniors: Writing Workshop Series
First Mondays in August, September, October
Click here to view the installation of Pilgrimage & Faith.
The Road That Teaches Series
A conversation series where two people from different walks of life, differing spiritual experiences discussed the nature of faith and pilgrimage. Featuring Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Gloria Steinem and many more.
Read background information on these three religions and the many ways their practices converge in the pilgrimage experience. Launch Interactive
Follow a first person Pilgrimage to the sacred place of Bodhgaya and learn about the Buddhist traditions practiced by its followers along the way. Launch Video Playlist
Explore the intricate details of pilgrimage in this large historic work. Launch Interactive
Pilgrimage Google Map
Use this Google map to get a bird's-eye view of pilgrimage sites all over the world. Launch Google Map