In 2018, artist Candy Chang collaborated with writer James A. Reeves to create an interactive artwork for the Rubin Spiral lobby: A Monument for the Anxious and the Hopeful. Each day visitors added new hopes and anxieties, totalling over 53,000 submissions. Whether you participated or simply read the contributions, A Monument for the Anxious and the Hopeful truly served as a barometer of how visitors were feeling at any given time. Neuroscientist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary and her team have been analyzing these societal shifts in pressure. The engagement aspect of this experience continues in this workshop in which your hopes and anxieties are set in the context of the hopeful and anxious brain.
You live inside your head every day, but do you understand how it works? Brainwave, the Rubin’s longest-running program series, investigates how our minds shape our everyday experiences, incorporating Eastern and Western philosophy, science, art, and other disciplines. Every spring, a unique theme unifies the Rubin Museum’s programs, including on-stage conversations between neuroscientists and notable personalities, films, and immersive visitor experiences.