We've visited this museum a few times, now, and it's definitely been a good experience each time. This museum gives you a wide experience- from the traditional eastern religions and philosophies to a modern sense of of spirtuality and perception, and also a perfect blend of the two together. That sound snooty enough for you? All that aside, they have beautiful collections here, both ancient and modern art. Plus they have a trendy lounge with food, drinks, and a DJ. And you know what else? Yep, it's free- every Friday night from 6-10pm. You can't beat that- get some culture, get some food, and maybe get some groovin' to the music. For an added bonus, there's a happy hour from 6-7pm, 2-for-1 drink specials. They even allow us into the downstairs gallery while still enjoying our drinks. I don't know about you, but art appreciation seems a little easier with a drink in your hand.
For those of you that won't be able to make it at 6pm, that's fine. The museum has a fairly simple layout and it shouldn't be too dificult to meet up when you get there.
So the plan is: arrive when you can, enjoy the happy hour if you get there before it ends, check out some really interesting art, and do all that while getting to know some good people. Sounds like a great plan to me.
A little about the Museum from their website: The Rubin Museum of Art is home to a comprehensive collection of art from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. The artistic heritage of this vast and culturally varied area of the world remains relatively obscure. Through changing exhibitions and an array of engaging public programs, the museum offers opportunities to explore the artistic legacy of the Himalayan region and to appreciate its place in the context of world cultures.
The museum's collection consists of paintings, sculptures, and textiles. Although works of art range in date over two millennia, most reflect major periods and schools of Himalayan art from the twelfth century onward.
The exhibitions are organized with particular care to assist viewers who are new to Himalayan art. Wall texts and interpretive panels supply aesthetic, social, and historical perspectives to both scholars and casual viewers. The Explore Art Galleries on the third and fifth floors (with a video alcove on the sixth floor) take the viewer behind the scenes, answering questions about why and for whom the art was made. Books, paintings, photographs, artifacts, and computer terminals accessing the museum's website and affiliated sites offer other examples of Himalayan and related art.