Rubin Museum of Art in New York City
The Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) is a museum dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions, especially that of Tibet. It is located at 150 West 17th Street between the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) and Seventh Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
The Rubin Museum originated from a private collection of Himalayan art which Donald Rubin, the founder of MultiPlan Inc., and his wife Shelley had been assembling since 1974. In 1998, the Rubins purchased for $22 million the building that had been occupied by Barneys New York, a department store for designer fashion which had filed for bankruptcy. The building was remodeled as a museum by preservation architects Beyer Blinder Belle. The original 6-story spiral staircase was left intact to become the center of the 25000 sqft of exhibition space.
The museum opened in October 2004, and displays more than 1,000 objects including paintings, sculpture, textiles, as well as ritual objects from the 2nd to the 20th centuries. The new facade on 17th Street and the five floors of galleries were influenced by Tibetan art, and were conceived by the New York-based museum architects, Celia Imrey and Tim Culbert. The graphic identity was conceived by the noted designer Milton Glaser.
Besides exhibitions based on the museum's permanent collection,the Rubin Museum of Art also serves as a venue for national and international traveling exhibitions. It is affiliated with two organizations: the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center and the Himalayan Art Website to advance the study of Himalayan arts and culture.
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- Further reading
- Washington Post article: 'In New York, Himalayan Art with a Lofty Mission' by Michael Powell. October 17, 2004
- article in the New York Magazine by Mark Stevens, October 11, 2004 issue
- New York Sun article: 'Paradise on Earth at the Rubin Museum' by Lance Esplund. June 19, 2008
- New York Times article: 'He's Hauling in the Visitors by Livening Up the Events' by Celia McGee. March 12, 2008
- New York Times article: 'Karma? Top Floor, Next To Shoes' by Kay Larson. July 25, 2004
- New York Times article: 'In Bhutan, Sacred Sights Amid the Clouds' by Karen Rosenberg. December 21, 2007
- Chelsea Now article: 'Dalai Lama Appears at the Rubin Museum, in Spirit and Acrylic' by Stephanie Murg. March 16–22, 2007
- New York Magazine article: 'Stairway to Nirvana' by Mark Stevens. October 11, 2004