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  • An Evening with Brooklyn Raga Massive

Join us for a live musical performance on the Rubin stage by a trio of musicians from Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical music. Raga means “to color the mind.” The music is subtle and precise in order to capture a specific mood to match a particular time of day or season.

 

This ticketed instrumental performance will feature the Indian classical sarod and tabla percussion with accompanying vocals by a Mongolian singer who incorporates traditional throat singing techniques.

 

About the Performers

Camila Celin began playing guitar at age nine. For several years, she has been doing intensive studies in the Indian sarod, in Kolkata with sarod player Sougata Roy Choudhury and in New York with sitar maestro Pandit Krishna Bhatt. In 2009 she was nominated for a Grammy for best world music album in collaboration with slide guitar maestro Debashish Bhattacharya. She has been an active performer in her native Colombia, the U.S. and India. Camila has composed music for several films, for theater as well as for commercials and lives between New York City and Kolkata, India.

Inana Lu Rose, formerly known as Uyanga Bold, is a unique singer with a rare blend of resonance strategies, seamlessly incorporating “open throat singing” of Mongolian urtiin duu and Balkan female folk singers, alongside operatic bel canto elegance, and shamanic throat singing. Her rich palette of melismatic colors and ornaments from global traditions are rooted in a lifetime of rigorous training and practice. Inana’s research has led her from the Amazonian rainforests to learning from Hindustani classical masters, professionally exploring and stretching the possibilities of the human voice. Hailing from Mongolia, the singer is featured in Disney’s remake of Mulan, as well as in the Avatar and Spider-Man franchises. Forbes says “her voice harkens back to ancient civilizations,” and she has been nominated as “Female Singer of the Year.” She has appeared internationally on television, radio, and in live performances, reaching over 40 million views across all platforms.

Roshni Samlal is a New York-based tabla player, DJ, producer, curator and poet of Trinidadian descent. As a classically trained tabla artist, Roshni performs traditional tabla solos, South Asian classical accompaniment, jazz and chamber composition. She also uses electronic music production and poetry as contexts to reframe the tabla solo within an experimental narrative lens. She is the lead curator and producer of the Ragini Festival which focuses on spotlighting the work of artists engaged in traditional folk and innovative arts within the further reaches of the South Asian diaspora, focusing on Indo-Caribbean heritage. Her DJ sets are rooted in her diasporic heritage as a Trinidadian immigrant during the 90’s, Global club, Bollywood, Chutney, Soca, Electronics, Dancehall and Dub. Her work has been supported and showcased at GlobalFest, Ragas Live Festival, Lincoln Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, True/False Film Festival, Brookfield Place, Rubin Museum, Accordions of the World Festival, Joe’s Pub(Working Group Member 2022-2023), New Music USA, Pioneer Works, and Brooklyn Museum.


 

Lead support for the Rubin Museum is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Henry Luce Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation.

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Alex J. Ettl Foundation, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, Dalio Philanthropies, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Tsherin Sherpa, Tong-Tong Zhu and Jianing Liu, with generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors and members, and corporate and foundation supporters.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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  • Beyond the Spiral: A Gala Celebrating the Next 20 Years

Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the Rubin Museum’s momentous 20th anniversary and bold launch as a global museum, during which we will honor the remarkable vision of founders Shelley and Donald Rubin and award the first-ever Rubin Museum Himalayan Art Prize.

Become a sponsor and support the Rubin’s future! Your generosity promotes Himalayan art and cultures, offering visibility and recognition to living artists from the Himalayas, Asia, and diaspora while reaching and serving a larger global audience than ever before.

 

~View sponsorship opportunities (PDF) and purchase a ticket online.*

 

~Download and return our Reply Form (PDF) to pledge your support and pay via check, EFT wire transfer, or credit card.*

 

~Learn more about the Rubin’s exciting ongoing and future initiatives (PDF).

 

*Credit card fees apply.

 

Awarding the First Rubin Museum Himalayan Art Prize

We are passionate about increasing the visibility of promising artists and creatives from the Himalayan region and diaspora, and we will award the first-ever Rubin Museum Himalayan Art Prize at the Gala. The prize recognizes the work of an innovative individual or collective who has significantly contributed to creative and critically relevant dialogues between Himalayan art and contemporary life. The Rubin’s dedication to living artists from the region as well as the contemporary art field is paramount, and this honored prize, which includes an unrestricted cash gift, will be awarded annually.

 

Your Gift Will Be Matched—20th-Anniversary Challenge

Your Gala support will be doubled! To bolster the Rubin’s bold plans to bring Himalayan art to people wherever they live, one of our generous donors has offered to match all Gala donations through June 30 (up to $250,000). Your timely gift will help us reach our ambitious goal of $500,000. Just think what the Rubin can do—the lives we can touch, the curiosity we can inspire, and the impact we can make—locally, nationally, and internationally.

 

Our Generous Supporters

The sponsor list for Beyond the Spiral: A Gala Celebrating the Next 20 Years is in formation.

 

For more information about the Gala, please contact:

Teresa Bellantoni, Bowen & Co. Events, 914.231.6180/rubinmuseum@bowenandco.com

 

For questions about the Rubin Museum and our programs, please contact:

Natalie Cimino, Coordinator, Major Gifts & Institutional Philanthropy,(212) 620-5000 x203/ncimino@rubinmuseum.org

  • K2 Friday Night

Cocktails, art, and music make a heady mix at our kick off to West Side Fest 2024! Explore all the galleries for free and dive deeper with a tour of Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now at 7:15 PM. Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a tasty drink menu to accompany the evening’s special Ragini x Rubin DJ Lineup.

Coming with friends? Learn about group reservations and tours.

For more details on West Side Fest, including the full schedule, visit westsidefest.nyc.

 

About the Ragini Festival

The Ragini Festival explores art, creative impetus, and mythology from a post-continental India. Life after colonialism revealed a fractured South Asian identity, which has morphed into post-colonial identities of Indo-Caribbean, Fijian, Mauritian, and more. Representing Ragini Festival’s curatorial mission to “explore music that both captures folk and traditional art born out of the migrations of indentureship”  DJs Roshni Samlal, Zara Dekho, and offering rain will transport you into a trans-indies listening experience.

 

About the DJs

DJ Roshni Samlal

DJ Roshni Samlal is a New York–based tabla player who hails from the West Indies, where she was initiated into the ancient tradition of Indian classical music by her vocalist father. She has continued her tutelage in the Benares style of tabla, playing under Shri Tapan Modak and currently a student of the epic Farukhbad exponent Anindo Chatterjee. While her passion is Indian classical tabla, she has also played folk, jazz, and other genres. Samlal has performed at notable local venues such as Knitting Factory, Pianos, and The Bitter End.

 

Zara Dekho

Zara Dekho is a DJ and curator based in Brooklyn, and raised in Karachi. She is the co-runner of Brooklyn party and label Rare Frequency Transmissions, and more recently cofounded Tarka, a project and event series celebrating the diaspora through food, music, performances, and arts. Zara Dekho’s sets exhibit a versatility impacted by time and space, spanning genres such as house, techno, bass, and electro while paying homage to sounds of her South Asian roots.

 

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offering rain, of the Disco Auntie collective, seeks to be of service to spirit, harmony, and joy. offering rain infuses playful sounds from various genres and pairs them with poetic lyricism to create a raw, dynamic, and innovative approach to music making and storytelling. As a multicultural first-generation artist born and raised in New York/Lenape land, they create a genreless experience by pulling from their Indian and Ecuadorian roots and tying them to the remix, fusion, and culture of NYC. Using dub, reggaeton, soul, techno, and Bollywood styles, offering rain tells an authentic story of their experience in New York and the world.

 


Lead support for the Rubin Museum is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Henry Luce Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation. 

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Alex J. Ettl Foundation, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, Dalio Philanthropies,, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC,  The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Tsherin Sherpa, Tong-Tong Zhu and Jianing Liu, with generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors and members, and corporate and foundation supporters. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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Photo by Filip Wolak
  • Free Admission

The Rubin is participating in West Side Fest, a free weekend-long, multisite celebration bringing together the best of arts and culture on Manhattan’s west side. Enjoy free admission at the Rubin all day, as well as afternoon tours.

For more details on West Side Fest, including the full schedule, visit westsidefest.nyc.

 

Free Admission

11:00 AM–5:00 PM

Free admission to all Museum galleries. Timed entry tickets are encouraged.

 

Free Guided Tours

2:00 PM & 3:00 PM

Join us for a tour of our galleries at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM! Experienced guides lead you through the Rubin’s Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now exhibition, highlighting specific artworks so that you can dive deeper. Tours meet in the lobby once you enter the Museum and last approximately 30 minutes.

 


Lead support for the Rubin Museum is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch,Henry Luce Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation. 

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Alex J. Ettl Foundation, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, Dalio Philanthropies, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Tsherin Sherpa, Tong-Tong Zhu and Jianing Liu, with generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors and members, and corporate and foundation supporters. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

the pierre and tana matisse foundation

 

Photo by Filip Wolak
  • Hindustani Music and Mindfulness

Join us for a musical and meditative celebration of Himalayan and Hindustani cultures, featuring performances by Bhoomika Jain, a Hindustani classical singer; Pallavi Raisurana, a Hindustani classical dancer; and a transformative mindfulness meditation led by Lama Aria Drolma.

In honor of National Immigrant Heritage Month, celebrate community spirit and the themes of love, pride, and unity.

Light refreshments will be served. Each ticket holder will receive a Ganesh magnet souvenir.

This program is hosted by Tashi Chodron, Himalayan programs and communities ambassador at the Rubin.   

 

About the Presenters

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Lama Aria Drolma is an ordained Buddhist teacher in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and has completed over a decade of monastic study and meditation training. She is a graduate of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist retreat program spanning three years and three months, an advanced cloistered meditation training program affiliated with Palpung Sherabling monasteries. 

Lama Aria Drolma teaches worldwide, leading retreats, workshops, and corporate meditation programs, and is a popular guest speaker at universities and organizations. She emphasizes Vajrayana Buddhism and Buddhist principles, making them relevant in our everyday lives, helping us to cultivate loving kindness and compassion, and bringing about a transformation of contentment and a genuine sense of well-being.

 

Bhoomika Jain

Bhoomika Jain is an accomplished artist who began her musical journey by singing for the All India Radio Yuvavani during her college years. Following the esteemed Guru Shishya Parampara, Bhoomika had the privilege of learning from renowned and talented masters of the Kirana and Mevati gharanas. Her dedication to her craft and her rich training background have made her a respected figure in the world of music.

 

Pallavi Raisurana

Pallavi Raisurana, founder of Anhad Nrityashala, and a disciple of Padmabhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia and Smt. Shama Bhate, advocates for the appreciation and integration of Indian classical arts in everyday life. With Kathak as her choice of expression, she seeks to revive the essence of traditional knowledge systems, dance, and music that are frequently overlooked by contemporary society. She achieves this through two means: performance and education. Pallavi has presented her work at home and abroad, including at the Indian Museum, Kolkata; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Tribeca Performing Arts Center; and Mumbai Dance Season.  

 


Major support for Himalayan Heritage is provided by The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

Special support is provided by Heather B. Henson.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, as well as by generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors, and members.

 

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Ganesha; Madhya Pradesh, India; 11th century; sandstone; Rubin Museum of Art; C2004.14.4 (HAR 65346)
  • Mindfulness Meditation

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Mindfulness meditation offers a refuge from the world and an opportunity to engage more consciously.

Whether you’re a beginner, a dabbler, or a skilled meditator seeking the company of others, join expert teachers in a 45-minute weekly program. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Designed to fit into your lunch break, the program includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

This week’s in-person meditation session will be led by Elaine Retholtz, and the theme for this month is Rebirth.

 

About the Teacher

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Elaine Retholtz has been studying and practicing the Dharma since 1988. In addition to teaching Dharma at New York Insight, she is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and a certified MBSR teacher trainer. She is deeply interested in helping students integrate mindfulness into daily life. Elaine is committed to deepening her own understanding of issues of diversity and the way racial conditioning in the United States affects all of us—both as individuals and in relation to the institutions we are a part of, including New York Insight. She’s been involved in New York Insight’s diversity efforts for many years.

 

This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine and supported by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

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  • Mindfulness Meditation

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Mindfulness meditation offers a refuge from the world and an opportunity to engage more consciously.

Whether you’re a beginner, a dabbler, or a skilled meditator seeking the company of others, join expert teachers in a 45-minute weekly program. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Designed to fit into your lunch break, the program includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

This week’s in-person meditation session will be led by Tracy Cochran, and the theme for this month is Rebirth.

 

About the Teacher

Tracy Cochran has been a student and teacher of meditation and spiritual practice for decades. She is the founder of the Hudson River Sangha, which is now virtual and is open to all. The link for her weekly meditations can be found on her website: tracycochran.org. In addition, Tracy has taught mindfulness meditation and mindful writing at the Rubin Museum of Art and the New York Insight Meditation Center, as well as in schools, corporations, and other venues worldwide. She is also a writer and the editorial director of Parabola, an acclaimed quarterly magazine that seeks to bring timeless spiritual wisdom to the burning questions of the day. Her writings, podcasts, and other details can be found on her website and on parabola.org.

 

This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine and supported by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

the Interdependence Project
  • Mindfulness Meditation

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Mindfulness meditation offers a refuge from the world and an opportunity to engage more consciously.

Whether you’re a beginner, a dabbler, or a skilled meditator seeking the company of others, join expert teachers in a 45-minute weekly in-person program. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Designed to fit into your lunch break, the program includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs are provided.

This week’s meditation session will be led by Sharon Salzberg, who will lead the in-person meditation remotely via Zoom. The theme for this month is Rebirth.

 

About the teacher

Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has guided meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Her latest book is Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World. Sharon is also the author of several publications including the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, and Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. While running her own podcast, The Metta Hour, and interviewing 100+ influential voices in meditation and mindfulness movements, Sharon has regularly contributed to many onstage conversations at the Rubin.

 

This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg, and teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine and supported by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

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  • K2 Friday Night

Cocktails, art, and music make a heady mix during K2 Friday Nights, where admission is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a special drink menu  to accompany the evening’s DJ, Joey Greiner. Explore all the galleries, dive deeper with an exhibition tour at 7:15 PM, and kick off your weekend with the Rubin. 

Coming with friends? Learn about group reservations and tours.

 

About the DJ

Joey Greiner has been moving dance floors for over 15 years in his native New York City, across the US, and Europe. He weaves deep and funky grooves with Afro and Latin rhythms to lead you on a journey into your most primal instincts to move your body. His wildly popular Tribal Disco party infuses live instruments and performances with energetic DJ sets, creating an unforgettable interactive experience for the crowd.

 

Lead support for the Rubin Museum is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Henry Luce Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation. 

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, Dalio Philanthropies, Janet Gardner,  Dan Gimbel of NEPC, Inc.,  The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Tsherin Sherpa, Tong-Tong Zhu and Jianing Liu, with generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors and members, and corporate and foundation supporters. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochcul and the New York State Legislature.

the pierre and tana matisse foundation

 

Photo by Filip Wolak
  • K2 Friday Night

Cocktails, art, and music make a heady mix during K2 Friday Nights, where admission is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a special drink menu to accompany the evening’s DJ, R Dubbs. Explore all the galleries, dive deeper with an exhibition tour at 7:15 PM, and kick off your weekend with the Rubin. 

Coming with friends? Learn about group reservations and tours.

 

About the DJ

R Dubbs (Robbie Krevolin) loves nothing more than to get you moving to a world of sounds you’ve never heard before, digging deep into the times when genres were blurring, drum machines were plentiful, and systems were made for booming. It’s always love, baby.

 

Lead support for the Rubin Museum is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Henry Luce Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation. 

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, Dalio Philanthropies, Janet Gardner,  Dan Gimbel of NEPC, Inc.,  The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Tsherin Sherpa, Tong-Tong Zhu and Jianing Liu, with generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors and members, and corporate and foundation supporters. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochcul and the New York State Legislature.

the pierre and tana matisse foundation

 

Photo by Filip Wolak
  • K2 Friday Night

Cocktails, art, and music make a heady mix during K2 Friday Nights, where admission is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a special drink menu to accompany the evening’s DJ, Kind B. Explore all the galleries, dive deeper with an exhibition tour at 7:15 PM, and kick off your weekend with the Rubin.

Coming with friends? Learn about group reservations and tours.

 

About the DJ

Trained as a classical pianist, DJ KindB crossed over to the DJ circuit more than 10 years ago. KindB’s style represents a wide range of genres that span global electronic music—from Brazilian and Afro-Latin beats to Arabic and Asian grooves.

 

Lead support for the Rubin Museum is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Henry Luce Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation. 

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, Dalio Philanthropies, Janet Gardner,  Dan Gimbel of NEPC, Inc.,  The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Tsherin Sherpa, Tong-Tong Zhu and Jianing Liu, with generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors and members, and corporate and foundation supporters. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochcul and the New York State Legislature.

the pierre and tana matisse foundation

 

Photo by Filip Wolak
  • City of Dreams: From Mountains to Oceans

Join us in the theater for a screening of City of Dreams: From Mountains to Oceans, a compelling docudrama centered around the remarkable journey of Bhutanese filmmaker Karma Deki in the film industry. Directed by Karma Deki herself, the film seamlessly blends real-life experiences with compelling storytelling, offering insight into the triumphs and obstacles faced by women in cinema. The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Karma Deki

 

About the Film

In the dual role of director and protagonist, Karma Deki guides viewers through a captivating tale of self-discovery, resilience, and ambition. From exhilarating highs to challenging lows, we follow Karma’s unwavering pursuit of success in the ever-evolving world of filmmaking. In the realm of cinema, every heartfelt laugh and tearful moment owes its existence to the dedication of a director.

For true cinephiles, the magic lies not only in the actors on screen but also in the visionary behind the camera. Behind each emotionally evocative film lies the journey of a filmmaker, striving to manifest their creative vision into reality. Among these storytellers stands a female filmmaker from the breathtaking landscapes of Bhutan, nestled in the majestic Himalayas. As her narrative unfolds, we witness the resilience and passion that drive her through the challenges of her craft, showcasing her unique journey in the world of cinema.

This film is written and directed by Karma Deki (Bhutan Infotainment) and produced by Namgay Tshering (Kushuthara Entertainment).

 

About the Speaker

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Karma Deki is a passionate and visionary filmmaker committed to illuminating the narratives of marginalized communities and amplifying their voices. As the CEO of Bhutan Reel Stories and president at Women in Film and Television, Bhutan, Karma has cultivated a community of film enthusiasts and is a fierce advocate for inclusivity in the industry. Driven by compassion, mindfulness, and community values, Karma believes in the transformative power of storytelling to raise awareness on social issues and inspire positive change. Learn more at karmadeki.com.

 

This program is hosted by Tashi Chodron, Himalayan programs and communities ambassador at the Rubin.

 

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, as well as by generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors, and members.

  • Family Sunday

Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults

 

Join us for Family Sundays at the Rubin! Bring your family to the Mandala Lab on the third floor for an afternoon of creativity and self-exploration that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy.

Each month we explore a new theme, with an art-making activity centered around that theme. A Museum educator does a brief demonstration of the project, teaches the art-making techniques, and lets you explore ways to make the project your own. 

Reservations are required for the 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM time slots. The program is free for your family, and each ticket comes with free access to the Museum galleries.

 

July Family Sundays:

According to Buddhism, the path to inner transformation is not a straight one. Realizing our true nature involves many twists and turns. Inspired by this concept, we invite you to create your own 3D maze, reflecting your inner journey towards becoming the best you can be.

 

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative is made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Lilly Endowment, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones of Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

*“NEW YORK LIFE” and the NEW YORK LIFE Box Logo are trademarks of New York Life Insurance Company. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Photo by Filip Wolak
  • Family Sunday

Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults

 

Join us for Family Sundays at the Rubin! Bring your family to the Mandala Lab on the third floor for an afternoon of creativity and self-exploration that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy.

Each month we explore a new theme, with an art-making activity centered around that theme. A Museum educator does a brief demonstration of the project, teaches the art-making techniques, and lets you explore ways to make the project your own. 

Reservations are required for the 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM time slots. The program is free for your family, and each ticket comes with free access to the Museum galleries.

 

July Family Sundays:

According to Buddhism, the path to inner transformation is not a straight one. Realizing our true nature involves many twists and turns. Inspired by this concept, we invite you to create your own 3D maze, reflecting your inner journey towards becoming the best you can be.

 

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative is made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Lilly Endowment, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones of Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

*“NEW YORK LIFE” and the NEW YORK LIFE Box Logo are trademarks of New York Life Insurance Company. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Photo by Filip Wolak
  • Artists on Art

Spend your summer Fridays exploring the Rubin’s Museum-wide exhibition Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now from the perspectives of a select group of participating artists. Each talk will feature a different artist who will share the inspiration and experiences behind their work in the galleries. The artist will also engage with other artworks in the exhibition that captured their interest. There will be time allotted for audience questions. Ticket holders will meet at 6:00 PM at the base of the spiral staircase.

This week’s Artists on Art talk will be led by Tenzin Mingyur Paldron.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Tenzin Mingyur Paldron (he/they)

b. 1984, New Delhi, India; lives and works in New York, NY

Tenzin Mingyur Paldron has a PhD in rhetoric from UC Berkeley and wrote the dissertation Tibet, China, and the United States: Self-immolation and the limits of understanding (2021). The artist later collaborated with Soojin Chang on the film Virtue and the Remaking of Suffering, which features Paldron’s analysis and commentary on a historic letter sent by peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965.

Through art and dialogue, Tenzin Mingyur Paldron has worked to elevate LGBTQIA+ perspectives and address issues of sexual violence in the Tibetan diaspora. The artist is developing the Tibet Learning Series which is preceded by the online archive Tibet x Decolonial Atlas and his talk series Truth at the Margins on racism and disinformation in the media regarding Tibetans. They are also writing a research memoir entitled Transgender Road Diaries: A Tibetan Adventure.

Tenzin Mingyur Paldron’s new work Power, Masculinity, and Mindfulness comprises four films and videos that source exchanges between the artist and his father to engage wider world issues and Tibetan realities. Through them the artist invites viewers to contemplate their own nuanced perspectives, fallibilities, and resources.

paldron.com / @doctenzin

 

Tenzin Mingyur Paldron; filmed by Tsejin Khando; menu design by Tenzin Tsepel; The Gentle Buddha Who Cuts Through Ignorance and Duality (Coming Out Trans to My Father); 2023; video; 12 min.; courtesy of the artist

 

Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now is supported by Bob and Lois Baylis, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Noah P. Dorsky, Mimi Gardner Gates, Fred Eychaner, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, Agnes Gund, New York Life, Matt and Ann Nimetz, Namita and Arun Saraf, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and UOVO.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Art and Yoga Urban Retreat

Join YOGA LOVE magazine and the Rubin for a half day of workshops and classes pairing the art of the Himalayas with the magazine’s community of teachers, artists, and leaders in the yoga world. View the full schedule for the retreat below. Attendees are asked to bring their own yoga mat and a warm sweater or blanket. 

 

Schedule of Events

Doors open | 10:00 AM

 

Session 1: Sound Bath Experience with Basia Blonska | 10:15–11:00 AM

Welcome to a transformative sound bath experience, where you’ll be enveloped in a symphony of healing vibrations carefully crafted to induce deep relaxation, inner harmony, and restoration. In this immersive event we’ll harness the power of sound to facilitate a journey inward and to reconnect with your true essence. 

 

Session 2: Blooming in a Sea of Fire with Kelly Kamm | 11:15 AM–12:30 PM

It’s natural to want to avoid discomfort, to squeeze our eyes shut when faced with the news or to reach for whatever might momentarily numb us when grief comes calling. While this may temporarily dull the pain and dissatisfaction, it also cuts us off from the ability to develop wisdom and compassion. As it’s often said, there is no liberation without some suffering. It’s only when we cultivate our capacity to sit in our own sea of fire that we can blossom like the rare and precious blue lotus of Buddhist lore. 

This all-levels workshop will include gentle yoga, mudras (yogic hand gestures), and storytelling, to help us transform pain into power. Meeting the world as it is and staying until we understand is how we find stability and freedom in the midst of it all. 

 

Break | 12:30–1:00 PM

 

Session 3: Kriya Yoga to Purify Your Consciousness with Sarah Platt-Finger and Alan Finger | 1:00–2:30 PM

As human beings, we are mostly governed by the unconscious realm, which is the realm of limiting beliefs, programming, and social constructs. These beliefs are developed over time through our life experiences, and they shape our everyday reality. Living in the unconscious realm keeps us trapped in a cycle of suffering and inhibits us from experiencing insight, bliss, and creativity. Kriya is a non-binding action that purifies our consciousness, transforming us from the realm of form and matter into the realm of infinite potential. When we practice kriya yoga, we access, as Paramahansa Yogananda said, “the direct path to enlightenment.”

In this session, we will explore ancient kriya techniques and how to integrate them into asana, pranayama, and meditation. Through this powerful practice, we become liberated out of the unconscious realm and into a state of superconsciousness, which is unbounded and unlimited. We’ll complete the session with a practice known as artha vatva samyama: bringing that inspired state of awareness into each moment of your living.

 

This program is presented with YOGA LOVE magazine.

 

About the Teachers

Headshot of Basia Blonska

Basia Blonska is a classically trained flutist who has been a professional musician for over 20 years. She received her MA in music performance. Her passion for music expanded beyond performing and teaching, as she developed a profound interest in learning about the healing and transformational effects of sound and music.

Basia has studied different modalities of sound healing with teachers such as Grammy nominee Silvia Nakkach, renowned sound theorist Dr. John Beaulieu, and the Great Gong Master Don Conreaux, earning a sound practitioner certification from New York’s Open Center.

Basia brings healing sounds to intimate sound baths, yoga classes, and private, group, and corporate sessions. She uses her unique musical skills to create tranquil healing soundscapes. You can find her at basiablonska.com.

 

Headshot of Kelly Kamm

Kelly Kamm studied Eastern philosophy and Japanese, hiked the Appalachian Trail, traveled the world, and worked as a stylist in the NYC fashion and music business prior to discovering yoga. When she found yoga she saw it as the confluence of everything she valued and longed for—creation and form, connection to the magical unknown, the fusing of the sacred and the everyday. 

Kelly’s classes are smart, poetic and always a little unexpected. She is known for her storytelling and her ability to make the philosophy of yoga relatable, to bring big subjects into an every day perspective. Expect a challenging and creative flow with lots of variations for all levels. Her aim is always to make each person feel welcomed and at ease. Learn more about Kelly at kellykammyoga.com

 

Headshot of Sarah Platt-Finger and Alan Finger

Sarah Platt-Finger is the director of Chopra Yoga at IIN, and the co-founder of ISHTA Yoga, LLC. Deepak Chopra has called Sarah “an extraordinary teacher of yoga that has called enormously to my well-being.” Her newly released book, Living in the Light: Yoga for Self-Realization, which she co-authored with Dr. Chopra, is currently one of the top 10 best-selling yoga books on Amazon.

Sarah has made it her life’s purpose to share the authentic teachings of yoga worldwide. She believes that the practice of yoga can be used as a microcosm for the reality we create off the mat, and that a deeper awareness of our physical, mental, and emotional patterns can bring us closer to the essence of our being. Learn more about Sarah at sarahplattfinger.com

 

Tantric and kriya yoga master Alan Finger began studying yoga at age 16 with his father, Mani Finger, and renowned swamis of the past century. Alan and Mani created ISHTA Yoga. ISHTA is an acronym for the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda, and it translates to “that which resonates with the individual spirit” in Sanskrit. The ISHTA style integrates breath-based flow yoga with alignment, meditation, and healing bodywork. Alan co-founded Yoga Works, Yoga Zone, and Be Yoga, and has co-authored several books including Introduction to Yoga with Al Bingham and Chakra Yoga and Breathing Space with Katrina Repka. Alan travels the world to share his teachings. He currently lives and teaches in NYC where he co-owns ISHTA Yoga with his wife, Sarah Platt-Finger.

 

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, as well as by generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors, and members.

 

Image Credit
Photo by Filip Wolak
  • Artists on Art

Spend your summer Fridays exploring the Rubin’s Museum-wide exhibition Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now from the perspectives of a select group of participating artists. Each talk will feature a different artist who will share the inspiration and experiences behind their work in the galleries. The artist will also engage with other artworks in the exhibition that captured their interest. There will be time allotted for audience questions. Ticket holders will meet at 6:00 PM at the base of the spiral staircase.

This week’s Artist on Art talk will be led by Kunsang Gyatso.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kunsang Gyatso (he/him)

b. 1988, Helambu, Nepal; lives and works in New York, NY

Kunsang Gyatso’s art highlights his concerns regarding his identity as tied to his birthplace of Hyolmo, Nepal. His experiences in the diaspora following his immigration to the United States in his early twenties feature prominently in his work. The artist seeks to negotiate his place in the world by uncovering lived and imagined realities, at times dwelling in the personal through lived experiences, memories, and dreams, and at others, engaging with traditional imagery, systems of knowledge, and practices. He is currently based in Queens, NY.

kunsanggyatso.com / @kunsang

 

Kunsang Gyatso; Goddess of Tangerine; 2023; painting, wood, concrete, plexi, foam, dried tangerine; photo by Dave De Armas

 

Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now is supported by Bob and Lois Baylis, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Noah P. Dorsky, Mimi Gardner Gates, Fred Eychaner, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, Agnes Gund, New York Life, Matt and Ann Nimetz, Namita and Arun Saraf, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and UOVO.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Artists on Art

Spend your summer Fridays exploring the Rubin’s Museum-wide exhibition Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now from the perspectives of a select group of participating artists. Each talk will feature a different artist who will share the inspiration and experiences behind their work in the galleries. The artist will also engage with other artworks in the exhibition that captured their interest. There will be time allotted for audience questions. Ticket holders will meet at 6:00 PM at the base of the spiral staircase.

This week’s Artists on Art talk will be led by IMAGINE (a.k.a. Sneha Shrestha).

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

IMAGINE (a.k.a. Sneha Shrestha) (she/her)

b. 1987, Kathmandu, Nepal; lives in Boston, MA; works in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Boston, MA

IMAGINE (a.k.a. Sneha Shrestha) is a Nepalese artist who incorporates her native language and meshes the aesthetics of Sanskrit scriptures with graffiti influences. She has shown her meditative works in several exhibitions, commissioned works and public walls around the world, from Kathmandu to Boston.

IMAGINE’s painting Home416 was recently acquired into the permanent collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, making her the first contemporary Nepalese artist to ever be acquired in the history of the MFA. Her first major solo show Sneha Shrestha: Ritual and Devotion is on view at the Cantor Art Gallery at the Prior Arts Center.

She has shown work at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She was recognized by WBUR as one of the 25 millennial artists of color impacting Boston and recognized as Outstanding Artist of the Year by the Center for Arts at the Armory. IMAGINE’s work is held in the private collections of Facebook, Google, and Fidelity Investments. She received her master’s from Harvard University, is an educator and social entrepreneur. She passionately supports Asian art by working as the arts program manager at the South Asia Institute at Harvard.

imagine876.com / @imagine876

 

Installation view of Mending and Moving | (top) Upper Section of a Torana; Nepal; dated by Inscription 1810; copper alloy, repoussé; Rubin Museum of Art; gift of Hardt & Sons; C2003.21.3 (HAR 65234) | (left) IMAGINE (a.k.a. Sneha Shrestha); The Menu; 2023; acrylic ink on canvas; courtesy of the artist | (center) IMAGINE (a.k.a. Sneha Shrestha); sculpture fabricated and engineered by Black Cat Labs; Calling the Earth to Witness; 2023; acrylic on Masonite, steel; courtesy of the artist | photo by Dave De Armas

 

Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now is supported by Bob and Lois Baylis, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Noah P. Dorsky, Mimi Gardner Gates, Fred Eychaner, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, Agnes Gund, New York Life, Matt and Ann Nimetz, Namita and Arun Saraf, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and UOVO.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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