New Sights. New Sounds. New Perspectives.<br>The Rubin Museum of Art in 2017

  In 2017, we invited visitors to slow down, challenge their perceptions, and engage the world with open minds and attentive ears. As we look back at the year, we’re grateful for our vibrant community and your continued support as we venture into the future together.

January Do we see reality? The tenth season of Brainwave helped us better understand the limits of our perception, with help from neuroscientists and guests like Academy Award–winning sound designer Walter Murch, science fiction author Ted Chiang, and singer Thomas Dolby.

February Families flocked to the Rubin to celebrate the Year of the Fire Bird. Losar Family Day was filled with art activities, music, and traditional celebrations to usher in the Himalayan New Year.

March Our Asia Week Celebration welcomed new and familiar faces to the Museum with art experiences, refreshments, and a final viewing of the exhibition Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual.

April Hundreds of members came to preview Henri Cartier-Bresson: India In Full Frame before it opened to the public. The exhibition gave visitors a look into the work of the master photographer during a transformative time in Indian history.

May Say OM! The OM Lab closed in May, after more than 10,000 visitors submitted their OM recordings and hundreds attended programs inspired by the sacred, universal syllable.

  • Opening night of The World Is Sound

June Opening night of The World Is Sound was our largest (and loudest) ever. The Museum’s spiral staircase became an instrument of transformation and guided visitors to listen with their whole bodies.

"A richly audible experience of impermanence"

– Tricycle
Block Party

July This year’s Block Party celebrated the sounds of the street with outdoor performances and art-making. Families continued to join us throughout the summer for free Family Sunday programs.

August Creative teens joined Virtual Worlds, an unconventional summer lab where they studied the “sacred geometry” of mandalas and learned to code. They even created beautiful digital masterpieces of their own!

September Inhale. Exhale. Visitors cultivated self-awareness and renewal at the Art & Yoga Urban Retreat in September and at weekly Mindfulness Meditation programs all year long.

"To be in touch with your listening means that you are in touch with the passing of time. We respond differently when we begin to listen. We are not as hectic perhaps."

– Hildegard Westerkamp, Artist

October Visitors stayed up late with the Rubin in October! From lively K2 Friday Nights to the 24-hour Ragas Live Festival and the Annual Gala, the Rubin community proved that a trip to the Museum can be an all-night affair.

Ghiora Aharoni The Road to Sanchi

November While New Yorkers began their holiday season pilgrimages in November, Sacred Spaces: The Road To... examined the concepts of pilgrimage and the future self in the context of religious traditions.

"The Rubin is an island of peace and unity in times of change and unrest."

– Eve Laramee, Rubin Visitor

December Sweet dreams! We ended the year by welcoming nearly 100 guests to spend a night in our galleries for our seventh Museum Dream-Over.

Image credits
  • COVER: Photograph by Filip Wolak.
  • JANUARY: Photographs by Asya Danilova.
  • FEBRUARY: Photographs by Filip Wolak.
  • MARCH: Flying Naga (detail), Nepal or Tibet; 14th century; gilt copper alloy; repoussé 13.75” h. x 15.625” w. x 2” d.; Rubin Museum of Art C2005.16.18 (HAR 65441). Photograph by Michael Seto.
  • APRIL: Photographs by Filip Wolak.
  • MAY: Photographs by Asya Danilova.
  • JUNE: Photographs by Filip Wolak.
  • JULY: Photograph by Filip Wolak.
  • AUGUST: Artwork created by students from the July 2015 Virtual Worlds cohort. Taught by Teaching Artist, Sofy Yuditskaya. Students from the 2017 class (from left to right): Adrian, Angelina, Arianna, Camryn, Dee, Manraj, Max, Miranda, Nimra, Noelle, Rachel, Sumaita, Talia, Victoria.
  • SEPTEMBER: Photographs by Filip Wolak.
  • OCTOBER: Photographs by Filip Wolak.
  • NOVEMBER: Ghiora Aharoni, The Road to Sanchi, 2016, vintage Indian taxi meters with screens displaying videos by the artist filmed in Sanchi, Nizamuddin West, Varanasi, and Mattancherry, India, as installed in the artist’s studio; each 55 inches high x 11 5/8 inches in diameter; ©2016 Ghiora Aharoni
  • DECEMBER: Photographs by Filip Wolak.
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