Step into The Future at The Rubin Museum of Art with Future Fellow, Chitra Ganesh




Chitra Ganesh at The Rubin Museum of Art with images via The Rubin

As part of the 2018 theme, The Future, artist Chitra Ganesh will kick-off her residency on May 4th with a free celebration from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, featuring music by DJ Rekha, and the performance “Blessed Avenue” by Jacolby Satterwhite.  This is exciting and pertinent programming, exploring responsibility, feminism, transformation and The Future.

Face The Future with artist, Chitra Ganesh during her fellowship at The Rubin Museum of Art.

Chitra Ganesh at The Rubin

The Brooklyn-based artist will serve as a “Future Fellow” in residency during May and June, occupying the second and third floor galleries, as part of the Museum’s 2018 thematic exploration of The Future.  In addition to her multimedia art exhibition across multiple galleries, Ganesh will curate a series of talks and films “that address the future from a variety of angles, including activism, mood, and science picture.”

Chitra Ganesh at The Rubin Museum

The artist’s art exhibition “brings to light narrative representations of femininity, sexuality, and power that are typically absent from canons of literature and art.  This is a two-part exhibition ~ Chitra Ganesh: The Scorpion Gesture and Chitra Ganesh: Face of the Future.

The Scorpion Gesture is “a mudras in Tibetan Buddhism said to have unlimited power and potential for transformation. With The Scorpion Gesture, Ganesh has created a series of new large-scale animation works inspired by the Rubin Museum’s collection. The motion-activated artistic interventions each integrate Ganesh’s original drawings with elements from paintings and sculptures in the Rubin’s collection. The works are motion activated by visitors in the galleries….”

Face of the Future remains the visual languages of science fiction and fantasy, which brings together the artist’s own new works on paper with posters created by seven emerging artists.

In her exhibition, she addresses the question, ‘What tools and attitudes do we need to face the future?’ and curates a set of reflective conversations exploring The Future of Mood, The Future of Science Fiction, The Future of Evidence, The Future of Feminism, The Future of Responsibility, and The Future of Justice.  Save the dates for the following events….

May 9th at 7:00pm, Ganesh will curate a conversation entitled The Future of Feminism with political activist, Linda Sarsour.

May 16th at 7:00pm, Qasim Naqvi will create new soundscapes for transformative scenes from three iconic sci-fi films as part of the conversation, The Future of Transformation.

The Future of Evidence with legal expert Alexis Agathocleous and neuroscientist Elizabeth Phelps will take place on May 23rd at 7:00pm.

The Future of Sci-Fi will take place on Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00pm, with sci-fi author Nisi Shawl and artist collective, The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun).

Phychiatrist Richard Friedman will explore The Future of Mood on June 6th at 700pm.

Feminist activists The Guerrilla Girls will discuss The Future of Responsibility on June 20th at 7:00pm

The Future of Justice will be discussed by restorative justice expert, Sujatha Baliga on June 27th at 7:00pm.

Cabaret Cinema for Rubin Museum of Art

Ganesh will also curate sci-fi films for the Cabaret Cinema series during her fellowship, each screening introduced by a special guest.

Continuing on into The Future, other exhibits and installations on our list include….

The Second Buddha brings together 41 works of art from the 13th to 20th century, with interactive technology that tells the story of the legendary Indian Master Padmasambhava, celebrated by Tibetans as ‘The Second Buddha.’

Second Buddha at The Rubin
Second Buddha at The Rubin

A Lost Future is a three-part exhibition challenging existing histories and speculative futures across cultures with three contemporary artists and works that range from painting  to film, sculpture and photography.

A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful at The Rubin Museum

A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful is an “opportunity to express your apprehensions and expectations for tomorrow, contemplate your sense of the future, and engage with the viewpoints of others.”  This exhibition, inspired by Tibetan prayer flags and the anonymity of public spaces, will be on view to November 11, 2018.

Sacred Spaces

Sacred Spaces: The Road to….And The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room is an exhibit not to miss. This exhibition invited visitors to reflect on devotional activities in “awe-inspiring places.”  On view to October 15, 2018.

Gateway to Himalayan Art

The beautiful exhibit, Gateway to Himalayan Art, introduces visitors to the main forms, concepts and meanings of Himalayan art represented in the Rubin Museum collection. This exhibition will be on view to July 16, 2018.

The Rubin Museum has an extensive calendar of events from Mindful Meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room, which includes a 20 minute guided meditation to K2 Friday Nights.

Did you know that entrance to the Museum is Free on Friday’s between 6:00pm and 10:00 pm and Free to Seniors on the first Monday of each month.

The Future: A Year-Long Exploration where past, present and future exist all at once, will run through December 31, 2018 at The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, NYC.