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Opening Night Celebration: Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance

Featuring DJ Tasha Blank

Celebrate the power of defiance at the free opening night festivities for Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance! A powerful meditation on non-conformity and resistance, the exhibition offers perspectives from 10 contemporary artists, articulating a wide variety of societal and political themes while making an open-ended call to action.

Enjoy free admission to the Museum, groove to music by DJ Tasha Blank, hear from guest curator Sara Raza, and toast to the new exhibition with happy hour in the K2 Lounge!

Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance is organized by guest curator Sara Raza, independent curator and writer. The exhibition is produced by the Rubin Museum of Art.

Still of Clapping With Stones; 2005; see caption below.

Opening Night Schedule

  • Happy Hour in the K2 Lounge | 6:00″“7:00 PM
  • Opening remarks for Clapping with Stones from Executive Director Jorrit Britschgi, Director of Exhibitions Daneyal Mahmood, and Guest Curator Sara Raza | 6:45 PM
  • Docent-led Museum tours | 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM
  • DJ Tasha Blank spins in the K2 Lounge | 6:00-11:00 PM
  • DJ set with heavy bass and global beats | 9:00-11:00 PM

Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance is supported by Rasika and Girish Reddy, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, anonymous, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Akhoury Foundation, Preethi Krishna and Ram Sundaram, and Sonny and Gita Mehta.b>

Power is made possible by Lois and Bob Baylis, Fred Eychaner, Ann and Matt Nimetz, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Rasika and Girish Reddy, and the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation.

About the Curator

Sara Raza is a writer and curator specializing in contemporary global arts. In 2016, she won the ArtTable New Leadership Award for Women. Recently she was the Guggenheim UBS MAP curator for the Middle East and North Africa, and she curated But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2016), which travelled to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan (2018). Raza has curated exhibitions and projects for international biennials, festivals and museums, including Mathaf, Doha, Qatar; MacKenzie Art Gallery, Canada; Tashkent Biennale, Uzbekistan; Rhizoma (Generation in Waiting), Saudi Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013); and Baku Public Art Festival, Azerbaijan (2015). In addition, she has organized a number of exhibitions for Maraya, Sharjah, UAE. Formerly, she was the head of education at YARAT, Azerbaijan; founding curator of Alaan Art Space, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and curator of public programmes at Tate Modern, London. Raza is the West and Central Asia editor for ArtAsiaPacific.

About the DJ

Tasha Blank is a producer, DJ, speaker, and artist on a mission to set the world free. Through her original music, global newsletter, DJ sets, events, remixes, coaching, courses, writing, and videos, she is committed to creating content and experiences that invite humans into the wildest expression of themselves. She has devoted the last decade to intensive studies in neuroscience, psychology, creativity, and somatics to cultivate a deep understanding of how the technologies of music, mind, and movement unlock our fullest potential. Her music catalyzes transformation, inspires collaboration, and weaves together cultural influences from around the world.

Image Credits
Naiza Khan (b. 1968, Bahawalpur, Pakistan; lives and works in London and Karachi); The Robe; 2008; galvanized steel and leather; 39 ¼ x 21 ¾ x 15 in. (100 x 55 x 38 cm); photograph by Mahmood Ali and Sohail Abdullah; image courtesy of Karen Stone Talwar
Nadia Kaabi-Linke (b.1978,Tunis, Tunisa; lives and works in Berlin); The Altarpiece; 2015; transfer prints and mixed media (acrylic, gold, ink, silk paper, wax and linen); 98 7/16 × 177 5/16 × 2 1/2 in.(250 x 450 x 6.3 cm); photograph by Kevin Todora, 2015; image courtesy of the Burger Collection, Hong Kong
Kimsooja (b. 1957, Daegu, South Korea; lives and works in New York and Seoul); Lotus: Zone of Zero; 2008; approx. 2,000 lotus lanterns, steel structure, cables, and Tibetan, Gregorian, and Islamic chants; installation view of rotunda at Galerie Ravenstein, Brussels; photograph by Fabrice Kada; image courtesy of the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, the Ministry of Culture, Sports,and Tourism, Korea, Galerie Kewenig, Berlin,and Kimsooja Studio
Nari Ward (b. 1963, St Andrew, Jamaica; lives andworks in New York); We Shall Overcome; 2015; shoelaces; 96 x 96 1.375 in.(243.8 x 243.8 x 3.5 cm); photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein; image courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
Lida Abdul (b. 1973, Kabul, Afghanistan; lives and works in Kabul and Los Angeles); still of Clapping With Stones; 2005; 16mm film transferred to DVD; 5 min.; image courtesy of the artist and Giorgio Persano Gallery

Museum admission is free every Friday night from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. during K2 Friday Nights.