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Art Talk & Tour

Monday, February 6, 2017
11:30 AM–12:30 PM

Make connections with the art in the Rubin’s galleries through a theater presentation followed by a lively group discussion on a variety of exciting topics. Art Talk & Tour themes will alternate each month. Each program includes an hour-long exploration of Himalayan art and culture beginning in the theater, followed by a gallery tour led by Rubin Museum docent Denise Murphy, RN, PhD.

This monthly program coincides with the Rubin’s Senior Mondays, when adults 65 and older receive free admission to the galleries.

Senior Mondays are supported in part by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.


Monthly Theme: Animals in the Himalayas: Familiar and Fantastic

Learn about the significance of animals in the art on display at the Rubin. Creatures both real and mythical play an important role the culture, artwork, and rituals of Himalayan Asia. This session will focus on those animals featured in the exhibition Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual, which explores how the life-giving monsoon has impacted the culture and art in Nepal. Discover the symbolic meaning of animals such as the frog and peacock in worship and ritual, and how fantastic hybrid animals reflect the impact of the monsoon.


About the docent

Denise Murphy has been a docent at the Rubin since 2006 and has worked in public health for more than thirty-five years. She is a graduate recruiter and adjunct faculty member for the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College. She has previously worked as the Infection Control Coordinator and Associate Clinical Professor at the New York University College of Dentistry and an Occupational Health Consultant for the U.S. Public Health Service Region II. She also served in Africa and India with the Peace Corps and built houses with Habitat for Humanity in Paraguay. She serves on the Boards of the Bellevue Alumnae Association and Nurses House and has published in professional journals, including a recent article inspired by the Rubin Museum’s exhibition Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine.

Free for visitors 65 and older.