Tag Archives: The Rubin

Sacred Spaces

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Historic traditions and contemporary art blend in the exhibition “Sacred Spaces: Himalayan Wind // The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room” at The Rubin Museum of Art. This show focused on the influence of wind on two places in the Himalayas: Tibet and Nepal. Artists created works inspired by wind whilst visiting these two countries. In “Khandorama,” Stephan Crasneanscki, Gabriele Giugni, Paul Hance and Stephan Crasneanscki videoed prayer flags flapping in the wind, then combined them into a 23 min 28 second CD. The swirling prayer flags resemble a kaleidoscope. In an interactive display by Francisco Lopez, visitors had the opportunity to listen to whistling winds on either Side A or Side B of the record, allowing visitors the chance to flip the record. If you happened to visit the exhibition during a windy day in NYC [winds over 10 mph] select patrons received a commemorative wind record. 

IMG_9690Khandroma // Directed by Stephan Crasneanscki // Filmed by Stephan Crasneanscki, Gabriele Giugni & Paul Hance // Edited by Jenn Ruff // Sound Composition by Soundwalk Collective // Video, sound, 23 min. 28 sec.

IMG_9691Khandroma // Directed by Stephan Crasneanscki // Filmed by Stephan Crasneanscki, Gabriele Giugni & Paul Hance // Edited by Jenn Ruff // Sound Composition by Soundwalk Collective // Video, sound, 23 min. 28 sec.

IMG_9695Khandorma // 2016 // Side A [Soundwalk Collective, Khandorma, Sound Composition, 14 min 56 sec] Side B [Francisco Lopez, Untitled #345, Sound Composition, 15 min. 43 sec.]

IMG_9707Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room

OM Lab

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Did you happen to drop by the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC earlier this year? If so, did you take part in the OM Lab? The OM Lab was a cube recording studio where visitors were invited to enter and record their own “OM” meditation chant. All of the recordings were compiled and played in the exhibition “The World is Sound,” which started in June. The meditation sound “OM” [phonetically pronounced A-U-M] has been practiced for over 3,000 years for meditation, yoga and music. So stop by the Rubins to listen to this meditative musical work of art.

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Nepalese Seasons

IMG_9708.jpgA recent exhibition, “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual” at The Rubin Museum of Art in NYC explored the natural element of rain in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. On view were works which related to the importance of rain and rain deities for both Hinduism and Buddhism.

IMG_9723Divine Ancestor Hatha Dya // gilt copper alloy // Nepal, 16th century

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IMG_9711Upper Section of a Torana // copper alloy; repoussé // Nepal, 1810