Opening on October 2nd, 2004, in a former Barney’s department store, the Rubin Museum of Art has since become the world’s premier museum of Himalayan art. Over the last decade, it has been praised for its accessibility to people all of ages, abilities and backgrounds, as well as the wealth of its collections.
A 2008 Shambhala Sun article on the museum described what was going on at the Rubin ten years ago today:
“the street in front was packed with Himalayan musicians and dancers, politicians, high lamas, monks, and museum supporters. There was a parade of Himalayan dogs, and student artists made sidewalk art, intended, in the spirit of impermanence, to disappear with time.”
The sidewalk art may have disappeared, but the Rubin remains, an institution of culture and spirituality. In anticipation of the anniversary, the July issue of the Shambhala Sun included a collection of conversations from talks at the Rubin, featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Martin Scorscese, Sharon Salzberg, and more. Download a free PDF of that article, here. Also, be sure to say “happy birthday” to @RubinMuseum on Twitter.