USA Himalayan Art in New York City
USA Himalayan Art in New York City

USA Himalayan Art in New York City

The Rubin Museum of Art in NYC has an astonishing cache of Himalayan art

If you ever find yourself footloose in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York City, consider going down to the little Rubin Museum of Art. Prepare to be greeted by an astonishing cache of Himalayan art across time and geographical boundaries, ranging from a delicate copper Bodhisattva from twelfth century Bihar/Bengal to a Green Tara adorning a ravishing seventeenth-century Tibetan thangka. The  museum boasts of a wealth of art&mdashfrom Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Christian, Sikh and Jain traditions&mdashhoused over the museum&rsquos four floors of permanent and special exhibitions. If it gets too much, retire to the Serai, the shop and café downstairs, for a cuppa.

You don&rsquot need a museum admission ticket to dine at Serai or hang out at the shop browsing copies of gorgeous Rubin Museum publications.  Like all museums and browsing havens worth their name, the Rubin is better if you take it slow. If you have a few days in hand, keep in mind the art and education projects the Museum&rsquos friendly curatorial and educational staff run all year round, and remember that Gallery admission is free every Friday evening.

I went to the Rubin in February, when New York was a picture under thousands of thousands of swirling, dancing flakes of snow. Looking out of a Serai window at the city, I suddenly saw it fall away until beyond the falling snow were only the massive Himalayan mountains travels within travels.

The Information

Where The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street.
Contact 1-212-620-5000
Timings 11.30am to 10.30pm. www.rmanyc.org

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