Talks at the Rubin Museum
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"It is ignorance that smothers, and it is carelessness that makes it invisible." – Gautama Buddha in the Sutta Nipata
According to Buddhist thinking, ignorance is the greatest impediment to enlightenment. This fall we aim to clear the path a little with some help from our friends Laurie Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, and many others. Learn More
Cultural, sculptural, and philosophical ideas traveled along the trade routes of Asia from India to the east, north, and south. To trace the spread of Buddhism along these trajectories, we have invited leading scholars and lecturers to discuss the material and cultural exchange that took place on the continent beginning in 600 BCE. All talks are preceded by a curator-led tour of the galleries. Learn More
This program is currently on hiatus. Please check back for future dates.
Contemporary artists lead informal, topical talks within the museum's galleries on Friday nights at 6:15 p.m. In conversation with Assistant Curator Beth Citron, speakers from New York and international contemporary art scenes interact with and informally discuss the rich artistic traditions of the Himalayas and surrounding regions in relation to their own practices and processes. Learn More
The Rubin Museum Guides join professional storytellers from the Talkingstick collective to uncover the many layers of Himalayan art. Learn More.
The extraordinary range of photography from South Asia dates back to the official birth of the medium in the mid-nineteenth century. The exhibitionAllegory and Illusion, the first of its kind in North America, offers an intimate view of vintage images from this region, including the modern nations of India, Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), and Nepal. Together they establish a regional history of photography shaped by both foreign and local practitioners. Learn More.