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Rubin Museum of Art

150 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011 40.73984 -73.996899
nr. Seventh Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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Mon and Thu, 11am-5pm; Wed, 11am-9pm; Fri, 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-6pm; Tue, closed

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A, C, E at 14th St.; 1 at 18th St.


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$15; $10 seniors, students, neighbors and artists; $10 children under 12; free for members and every Friday from 6pm-10pm

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The Buddha works in mysterious ways. At the behest of energetic Jewish couple Shelley and Donald Rubin, the Enlightened One has symbolically claimed the former Barneys emporium in Chelsea, once the downtown center of hothouse fashion, and transformed Mammon into a temple of Himalayan art. The Rubin opened in October 2004 and houses about 2000 works in 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, with a central six-story spiral staircase. Though he admires scholarship, former CEO Donald Rubin did not want his museum to become forbiddingly academic. He emphasized the living quality of Buddhist art, its ability, he said, to stimulate an "emotional rush" in viewers. The floor-wide exhibitions around the staircase are therefore organized by theme rather than by particular time or place. Rubin himself, who lost much of his family in the Holocaust and continues to be troubled by the eruptive violence in the human heart, takes a special interest in the demonic strains of Buddhist art: the nightmarish imagery represents a Buddhist's determination to confront internal demons—and tame them.

The Staircase

The six-story spiral staircase, originally designed by Andrée Putman for the Barneys that previously inhabited the building, now suggests cycles, transcendence, and the rippling forms of Buddhist art.

Tours Guided tours are included with admission and offered daily at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Complimentary audio guides and private group tours are also available. 

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