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Artists on Art

with IMAGINE (a.k.a. Sneha Shrestha)

Friday, August 2, 2024
6:00 PM–7:00 PM

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).



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


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.

Ticket Price: Free

Reservation required with limited capacity.

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