Rubin Museum of Art - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Rubin Museum of Art. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for “Sacred Spaces With The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room” Exhibition

    “Sacred Spaces With The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2017-06-09 - 2017-10-16

    Across the globe people use ritual and spiritual practice to connect with worlds beyond their immediate experience. This iteration of Sacred Spaces is dedicated to a selection of these transcendent and...More »

  • poster for Henri Cartier-Bresson “India In Full Frame”

    Henri Cartier-Bresson “India In Full Frame”

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2017-04-21 - 2017-09-04

    Disputed borders, refugees, charismatic leaders, assassinations—the India of the mid-century does not sound so distant from the world today. It was a time and place captured expertly and in great depth...More »

  • poster for “Sacred Spaces: Himalayan Wind and the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room” Exhibition

    “Sacred Spaces: Himalayan Wind and the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Installation
    • 2016-11-11 - 2017-06-05

    Sacred Spaces invites visitors to reflect on devotional activities in awe-inspiring places. For the second iteration of the exhibition, the Museum commissioned an installation by Soundwalk Collective in...More »

  • poster for “Monumental Lhasa: Fortress, Palace, Temple” Exhibition

    “Monumental Lhasa: Fortress, Palace, Temple” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-09-16 - 2017-01-09

    Architectural landmarks act as anchors for the identity of a place as well as focal points for associated stories and memories. Much like the Eiffel Tower is the pervasive symbol of France and the Statue...More »

  • poster for “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual” Exhibition

    “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2016-05-06 - 2017-03-27

    Featuring almost fifty objects from the Rubin Museum’s premiere collection of Nepalese art and select loans, Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual illustrates the enduring manifestation of rituals, agrarian...More »

  • poster for “Masterworks of Himalayan Art” Exhibition

    “Masterworks of Himalayan Art” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-02-06 - 2017-02-06

    Masterworks, a regularly changing exhibition at the Rubin, explores major strands in the development of Himalayan art, covering a period of over 1,000 years, and presents regional artistic traditions in...More »

  • poster for Steve McCurry “India”

    Steve McCurry “India”

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2015-11-18 - 2016-04-04

    Steve McCurry: India, co-organized by the Rubin Museum and the International Center of Photography, brings together stunning photographs of India—its people, monuments, landscapes, seasons, and cities—by...More »

  • poster for Francesco Clemente “Inspired by India”

    Francesco Clemente “Inspired by India”

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2014-09-05 - 2015-02-02

    The first museum exhibition devoted to the Indian influences in Clemente’s work and how they relate to the artistic practices and traditions of various regions in India features approximately 20 works,...More »

  • poster for “Bodies in Balance” Exhibition

    “Bodies in Balance” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-03-15 - 2014-09-08

    The first major exhibition to present the origins, history and practice of a millennium of visual history, Bodies in Balance explores the guiding principles of the Tibetan science of healing represented...More »

  • poster for “The Art of Prayer Beads in Asia” Exhibition

    “The Art of Prayer Beads in Asia” Exhibition

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    • Media: Other
    • 2013-08-02 - 2014-06-09

    This exhibition focuses on aesthetic and ritual aspects of the prayers beads used in Buddhist traditions of Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Burma. It addresses the origins of...More »

  • poster for “Count Your Blessings” Exhibition

    “Count Your Blessings” Exhibition

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    • Media: Other
    • 2013-08-02 - 2014-03-24

    This exhibition focuses on aesthetic and ritual aspects of the prayers beads used in Buddhist traditions of Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Burma. It addresses the origins of...More »

  • poster for “From India East” Exhibition

    “From India East” Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2013-05-31 - 2014-07-07

    From India East presents sculptures from the Asian art collection of the Brooklyn Museum. The works were chosen by the Rubin Museum’s curators to trace the development of Buddhist and Hindu sculpture back...More »

  • poster for "Modernist Art from India" Exhibition

    "Modernist Art from India" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2012-11-09 - 2013-04-29

    Radical Terrain, the third exhibition in the series Modernist Art from India, highlights the exploration of landscape in Indian art for the generation after independence. The exhibition will also feature...More »

  • poster for "Illuminated" Exhibition

    "Illuminated" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Other - Other
    • 2012-04-06 - 2012-09-03

    Gold, silver, and other precious materials were often used to adorn objects of religious devotion, especially the sacred books of the living traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Christianity, and...More »

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    “Masterworks” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Other
    • 2012-03-11 - 2015-03-11

    Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection displays some of the museum’s most stunning works of art. The stylistic diversity and relationships between various strands of Himalayan and neighboring cultural and...More »

  • poster for "Casting the Divine" Exhibition

    "Casting the Divine" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2012-03-02 - 2013-02-11

    Shortly after its opening in 2004, the Rubin Museum of Art received a long-term loan of more than one hundred works of art known as the Nyingjei Lam Collection. This collection abounds in exquisite sculpture...More »

  • poster for "Hero, Villain, Yeti" Exhibition

    "Hero, Villain, Yeti" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Other
    • 2011-12-09 - 2012-06-11

    Characters as diverse as Mickey Mouse, the historical Buddha, Tomb Raider Lara Croft, and the Green Lama have something in common: Tibet. For more than 60 years Tibet has figured in comic books from around...More »

  • poster for "Modernist Art from India" Exhibition

    "Modernist Art from India" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Other
    • 2011-11-18 - 2012-04-09

    The first exhibition of the three-part Modernist Art from India series focuses on representations of the figure and the body in modernist art from India after the nation's independence in 1947. Figuration...More »

  • poster for "Mirror of the Buddha" Exhibition

    "Mirror of the Buddha" Exhibition

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    • Media: Other - Sculpture - Other
    • 2011-10-21 - 2012-03-05

    The exhibition is the third in a series of eight exhibitions and catalogs by the foremost scholar of Tibetan Buddhist painting, David Jackson. Jackson’s current research focuses on the history of Tibetan...More »

  • poster for "Pilgrimage and Faith" Exhibition

    "Pilgrimage and Faith" Exhibition

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    • Media: Other - Other
    • 2011-07-01 - 2011-10-24

    For millennia people of all faiths have embarked on the practice of pilgrimage, journeying to a sacred place or shrine of special religious significance, while proceeding at the same time on an inner,...More »

  • poster for "Patterns of Life" Exhibition

    "Patterns of Life" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Other
    • 2011-05-13 - 2011-09-19

    Carpets are an important decorative art in the Tibetan tradition, serving aesthetic and practical purposes in the monastic and domestic spheres. This exhibition will present the variety of styles, motifs,...More »

  • poster for "4th Annual Brainwave" Talk Series

    "4th Annual Brainwave" Talk Series

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    • Media: Art Talk
    • 2011-02-07 - 2011-04-17

    The Rubin Museum’s BRAINWAVE series will kick off its fourth season on February 7 with a conversation between spoken-word artist Henry Rollins and neuroscientist David Eagleman. Subsequent conversations...More »

  • poster for "Grain of Emptiness" Exhibition

    "Grain of Emptiness" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Installation
    • 2010-11-05 - 2011-04-11

    Grain of Emptiness features five contemporary artists -Sanford Biggers, Theaster Gates, Atta Kim, Wolfgang Laib, and Charmion von Wiegand- all inspired by the Buddhist notions of emptiness and impermanence...More »

  • poster for "Embodying the Holy" Exhibition

    "Embodying the Holy" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2010-10-06 - 2011-03-07

    Embodying the Holy compares sacral representations in the Eastern Orthodox Christian and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, juxtaposing Greek, Russian, and Byzantine icons with traditional Tibetan Buddhist thangkas....More »

  • poster for "The Nepalese Legacy" Exhibition

    "The Nepalese Legacy" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2010-09-03 - 2011-05-23

    With the destruction of Indian Buddhism in 1203, Tibet's previous source of artistic inspiration was wiped out. Tibetan artists then turned to Nepal, the only nearby surviving center of traditional Buddhist...More »

  • poster for John Claude White "Photos of Bhutan and Sikkim"

    John Claude White "Photos of Bhutan and Sikkim"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-08-06 - 2011-01-10

    A British Life in a Mountain Kingdom: Early Photographs of Sikkim and Bhutan is the first exhibition of photographs by John Claude White, presented in original prints and large-scale reproductions from...More »

  • poster for “Gateway to Himalayan Art” Exhibition

    “Gateway to Himalayan Art” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Sculpture
    • 2010-07-23 - 2016-01-06

    Gateway to Himalayan Art introduces visitors to the art of the Himalayan cultural sphere, presenting the major concepts comprehensively and equipping visitors with the tools to understand, appreciate and...More »

  • poster for "Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond" Exhibition

    "Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-06-11 - 2010-10-18

    The exhibition features nine artists--Dedron, Gonkar Gyatso, Losang Gyatso, Kesang Lamdark, Tenzin Norbu, Tenzing Rigdol, Pema Rinzin, Tsherin Sherpa and Penba Wangdu--who were invited to present new and...More »

  • poster for "Remember That You Will Die Death Across Cultures" Exhibition

    "Remember That You Will Die Death Across Cultures" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2010-03-19 - 2010-08-09

    In both the Christian European and Tibetan Buddhist artistic traditions, graphic images of death and the afterlife are used as reminders that life is fleeting and that we must act virtuously. Death knows...More »

  • poster for Tom Wool "In the Shadow of Everest"

    Tom Wool "In the Shadow of Everest"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-02-26 - 2010-07-26

    In the Shadow of Everest presents photographer Tom Wool's images of life in the villages of Tibet's Rongbuk Valley. Taken over the course of four weeks in May 2001, Wool's photographs capture the Valley's...More »

  • poster for "Bardo: Tibetan Art of the Afterlife" Exhibition

    "Bardo: Tibetan Art of the Afterlife" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2010-02-12 - 2010-09-06

    According to the Tibetan text Bardo Thodrol, known in the West as The Tibetan Book of the Dead, death provides an important opportunity for spiritual enlightenment. Upon the moment of physical death a...More »

  • poster for "Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection" Exhibition

    "Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2009-09-18 - 2010-02-15

    Jainism constitutes one of India's three classical religions, the others being Buddhism and Hinduism. Though older than Buddhism by a generation, Jainism has much in common with it. Both arose and were...More »

  • poster for "Mandala: The Perfect Circle" Exhibition

    "Mandala: The Perfect Circle" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Other - Digital
    • 2009-08-14 - 2010-01-11

    The mandala, one of Himalayan Buddhism's most ubiquitous symbols, is created as an artistic aid for meditation. Depicting a realm that is both complex and sacred, the mandala is a visualization tool meant...More »

  • poster for "A Collector's Passion" Exhibition

    "A Collector's Passion" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2009-06-12 - 2009-11-09

    "A Collector's Passion" brings together more than 50 of some of the most artistically and culturally significant South Asian and Himalayan works of art from the collection of Dr. David R. Nalin. Dr. Nalin...More »

  • poster for Jakkai Siributr "Lucky Ware"

    Jakkai Siributr "Lucky Ware"

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    • Media: Installation - Art Talk
    • 2009-05-15 - 2009-05-15

    As part of ACAW Open Portfolio program the Rubin Museum will host a special installation by Thai artist Jakkai Siributr, one of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary artists working primarily in the textile...More »

  • poster for "Nagas:Hill People of India" Exhibition

    "Nagas:Hill People of India" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-03-13 - 2009-09-21

    Residing in the low Himalayan hills of northeastern India and Myanmar (Burma), the Nagas are a people faced with both tradition and transition. This very diverse community is divided into a number of tribes...More »

  • poster for "Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen and the Revival of the Encampment Style" Exhibition

    "Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen and the Revival of the Encampment Style" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-02-06 - 2009-08-17

    A painting tradition established in the traveling courts of the great Tibetan Karmapas, most of what we know of the Encampment Style belongs to its eighteenth-century revival by the great scholar-painter...More »

  • poster for "What Is It? Himalayan Art" Exhibition

    "What Is It? Himalayan Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Installation
    • 2009-02-04 - 2013-02-04

    Himalayan art is new terrain for many people. This exhibition is intended to serve as a guide through this exhilarating landscape. It is organized into four sections, and each object on view contributes...More »

  • poster for "Color & Light: Embroidery from India and Pakistan" Exhibition

    "Color & Light: Embroidery from India and Pakistan" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Other
    • 2008-12-12 - 2009-05-11

    South Asia has long been famed for the beauty and diversity of its decoratively stitched cloth. Embroidery served — and to a large extent still serves — multiple functions in daily and religious life....More »

  • poster for "The Last Nomads: Photographs from Inner Mongolia by A Yin" Exhibition

    "The Last Nomads: Photographs from Inner Mongolia by A Yin" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-10-31 - 2009-03-02

    Mongolian photographer A Yin was born with a mission to let his people be heard. They are the last remaining nomadic tribe in China, the Wu Zhu Mu Xin, and have become A Yin’s source of inspiration, while...More »

  • poster for "The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan" Exhibition

    "The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Other
    • 2008-09-19 - 2009-01-05

    Organized by the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Department of Culture, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs of the Royal Government of Bhutan, The Dragon's Gift is a groundbreaking exhibition of rare...More »

  • poster for "Buddha in Paradise" Exhibition

    "Buddha in Paradise" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-05-09 - 2008-08-18

    In this exhibition, thirty paintings lay out the concept of "paradise" in Tibetan Buddhism, understood through different approaches and teachings, the most radical of which confronts us with the realization...More »

  • poster for "Red, Black, and Gold" Exhibition

    "Red, Black, and Gold" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-05-02 - 2008-11-10

    This exhibition explores the three unique types of Himalayan painting in which color is used to invoke mood and emotion. Red is for alarm, power, and resolve. Black is for caution, fear, and protection....More »

  • poster for "Earthly Immortals: Arhats in Tibetan Painting" Exhibition

    "Earthly Immortals: Arhats in Tibetan Painting" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-04-04 - 2008-08-18

    This exhibition focuses on the high level of skill, sophistication, and creativity of Tibetan artists as they embraced Chinese ideas and combined them with distinctly Tibetan innovations in paintings of...More »

  • poster for Nepal in Black and White: Photographs by Kevin Bubriski

    Nepal in Black and White: Photographs by Kevin Bubriski

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-03-14 - 2008-10-13

    This exhibition presents a small portion of the work that Kevin Bubriski produced over his 35 years of visits to Nepal. The strong idiom of the black-and-white photography in both the early and later images...More »

  • poster for "From the Land of the Gods: Art of the Kathmandu Valley" Exhibition

    "From the Land of the Gods: Art of the Kathmandu Valley" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2008-03-14 - 2010-03-14

    Historically, the kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley comprised the political, religious, and cultural entity known as “Nepal.” Located between India and Tibet, the Valley has been the crossroads of trans-Himalayan...More »

  • poster for "From the Land of the Gods Art of the Kathmandu Valley" Exhibition

    "From the Land of the Gods Art of the Kathmandu Valley" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2008-02-08 - 2011-03-08

    Historically, the kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley comprised the political, religious, and cultural entity known as “Nepal.” Located between India and Tibet, the Valley has been the crossroads of trans-Himalayan...More »

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    Bon: The Magic Word

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-10-05 - 2008-04-14

    Bon: The Magic Word is the first exhibition of art to illuminate the Bon, a religious and cultural group living in the Himalayas and Central Asia—a group almost unknown in the Western world. Bon culture...More »

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