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How do our cravings overcome us in times of estrangement? How do we come to terms with these feelings of attachment and our desires for the outcomes that “could have been?” Michael R. Jackson does not shy away from these difficult internal conversations in his hit stage creation A Strange Loop.

In this conversation at the Rubin Museum, Jackson is joined by Dr. Hedy Kober, an associate professor of psychology at Yale University, whose studies specialize in cravings. Together they unpack Jackson’s vulnerable thoughts around sexuality, body image, family relationships, and social media present in A Strange Loop and in his life.

“I would say that craving very often can be really good. We just need to learn to use it for the forces of good rather than the forces of evil inside us.”

“”- Dr. Hedy Kober

This talk is part of the Rubin Museum’s 2022 “Brainwave: Emotions” program series. Based on the teachings of the Vairochana Mandala which inspired the Rubin Museum’s Mandala Lab, the “Brainwave: Emotions” talk series focuses on challenging emotions and how we might transform them.

Lead support for Brainwave is provided the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support is provided by Cheryl Henson.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs