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Mandala Lab

Thursday, September 30, 2021
11:00 AM–5:00 PM


Reserve your timed ticket to see the Mandala Lab before it opens to the public.

An Interactive Space for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning

The Mandala Lab, located on the Museum’s remodeled third floor, invites curiosity about our emotions. Consider how complex feelings show up in your everyday life and imagine how you might have the power to transform them

Inspired by Buddhist principles, the Mandala Lab features five thought-provoking, playful experiences—including videos, scents, a sculpture that invites synchronized breathing, and artist-curated gongs—that guide you along an inner journey focused on self-awareness and awareness of others. See, smell, touch, and breathe your way through the space, designed to inspire connection, empathy, and learning.

The Mandala Lab includes artist contributions from:

  • Laurie Anderson
  • Sanford Biggers
  • Tenzin Tsetan Choklay
  • Billy Cobham
  • Amit Dutta
  • Sheila E.
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Evelyn Glennie
  • Sarah Hennies
  • Huang Ruo
  • Shivamani
  • Wang Yahui
  • Paulden Weinreb
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Bora Yoon

Lead support for Mandala Lab is provided by Shelley and Donald Rubin, Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Rasika and Girish Reddy, Tiger Baron Foundation, with major support provided by The Prospect Hill Foundation, Anne E. Delaney, the Lisina M. Hoch Estate, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne and Albert Chao, Namita and Arun Saraf, Noah P. Dorsky, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

We additionally thank the generosity of 223 sponsors and donors who contributed to our 2020 gala, Inside the Mandala: A Virtual Gala

The Mandala Lab’s multiyear campaign is underway. Our supporter list as of July 28, 2021, is in formation.

This event is exclusive to Rubin Museum members. If you are a member, please check your inbox to access the program. Contact if you have any questions.