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Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now

Exhibition
March 15–October 6, 2024

Contemplate and celebrate what Himalayan art means now with a Museum-wide exhibition of artworks by over 30 contemporary artists, many from the Himalayan region and diaspora and others inspired by Himalayan art and cultures.

On the occasion of the Rubin’s 20th anniversary, Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now transforms the entire Museum with new commissions, some site-specific, and existing works juxtaposed with objects from the Museum’s collection, inviting new ways of encountering traditional Himalayan art.

Through a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, sound, video, installation, performance, and more, the artists explore their personal and collective histories and call attention to themes such as the fluidity of identity, spiritual practices, sense of belonging, grief, memory, and reclamation. The artists also offer critical and thoughtful commentary on issues facing humanity across time.

Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now is curated by Michelle Bennett Simorella, Director of Curatorial Administration & Collections at the Rubin Museum, with guest curators Roshan Mishra of Taragaon Next and Tsewang Lhamo of Yakpo Collective.

 

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

Amrit Karki (he/him)

b. 1990, Pokhara, Nepal; lives and works in Pokhara, Nepal

 

Bharat Rai (he/him)

b. 1990, Bung, Nepal; lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Bidhata K C (she/her)

b. 1978, Lalitpur, Nepal; lives and works in Lalitpur, Nepal

 

Charwei TSAI (she/her)

b. 1980, Taipei, Taiwan; lives in Paris, France; works in Paris, France, and Taipei, Taiwan

 

Chitra Ganesh (she/her)

b. 1975, Brooklyn, NY; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

 

Jasmine Rajbhandari (she/her)

b. 1980, Birgunj, Nepal; lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

John Tsung (he/him)

b. Houston, TX; lives and works in New York, NY

 

Jupiter Pradhan (he/him)

b. 1977 Kathmandu, Nepal; lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Kabi Raj Lama (he/him)

b. 1986, Kavrepalanchok, Nepal; lives in Highland Park, NJ; works in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Kunsang Gyatso (he/him)

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

 

Kunsang Kyirong (she/her)

 

Losel Yauch (she/her)

b. 1998 New York, NY; lives and works in New York, NY

                                                                                                                                                                                   

LuYang (they/them)

b. 1984, Shanghai, China; lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

 

Manish Lal Shrestha (he/him)

b. 1977, Patan, Nepal; lives and works in Patan, Nepal

 

Meena Kayastha (she/her)

b. 1985, Bhaktapur, Nepal; lives and works in Bhaktapur, Nepal

 

Monsal Pekar (she/her)

b. 1964, Atro, Yushul, Tibet; lives and works in Chengdu, China

 

Pema (“Tintin”) Tshering (he/him)

b. 1985, Thimphu, Bhutan; lives and works in Thimphu, Bhutan

 

Prithvi Shrestha (he/him)

b. 1977, Lalitpur, Nepal; lives and works in Lalitpur, Nepal

 

Roshan Pradhan (he/him)

b. 1977, Bhojpur Bazar, Nepal; lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Salil Subedi (he/him)

b. 1976, Terhathum, Nepal; lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Shraddha Shrestha (she/her)

b. 1988, Lalitpur, Nepal; lives in Lalitpur, Nepal; works in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Shushank Shrestha (he/him)

b. 1993, Kathmandu, Nepal; lives and works in Marion, MA

 

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

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

 

Sonam Dolma Brauen (she/her)

b. 1953, Kongpo, Tibet; lives in Bern, Switzerland; works in Niederwald, Switzerland

 

Sonam Tshedzom Tingkhye (she/her)

b. 1997, Seattle, WA; lives in Seattle, WA; works in Seattle, WA, and Boston, MA

 

Tenzin Gyurmey Dorjee (he/him)

b. 1987, Himachal Pradesh, India; lives and works in Himachal Pradesh, India

 

Tenzin Mingyur Paldron (he/they)

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

 

Tsherin Sherpa (he/him)

b. 1968, Kathmandu, Nepal; lives in San Francisco, CA, and Kathmandu, Nepal; works in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Uma Bista (she/her)

b. 1990, Kathmandu, Nepal; lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Asha Kama Wangdi (he/him), VAST Bhutan 

b.1958, Punakha, Bhutan; lives and works in Thimphu, Bhutan

 

Yangdzom Lama (she/her)

b. 1997, London, England; lives and works in London, England

 

YESHE (she/her)

b. 1984, Baden, Switzerland; lives and works in New York, NY, and Zurich, Switzerland

 

Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now is supported by Bob and Lois Baylis, Noah P. Dorsky, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, Agnes Gund, New York Life, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, and Taipei Cultural Center in New York.

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.

Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now’s campaign is underway and the supporter list is in formation.

 

Image credits
Meena Kayastha (b. 1977, Patan, Nepal); Goddess Varahi; 2023; traditional Nepali door, papier-mache, pliers, nails, coins, keys, jewelry, bell, discarded vehicle metal parts; 58 x 28 x 9 in.; photo courtesy of Meena Kayastha, Bhaktapur, Nepal.
Roshan Pradhan (b. 1977, Bhojpur Bazar, Nepal); New World; 2021; acrylic on canvas; 183 x 152.5 cm; photo courtesy of Sangeeta Thapa, Founder Director Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Shushank Shrestha (b. 1993, Kathmandu, Nepal); Male Guardian Lion Dog (one of a pair from Two Guardian Lion Dogs); 2023; ceramic, in glaze lustre; 52 × 27 × 44 in.; photo courtesy of Shuhank Shrestha, Massachusetts, USA.
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