Friday, August 10, 2018

At the Rubin Museum, the future has arrived. And it’s fluid.

By Holland Carter
The Future Buddha (bodhisattva Maitreya), a late 18th- or early 19th-century copper sculpture, in front of “Silhouette in the Graveyard,” Chitra Ganesh’s montage of news clips of wars, protests and forced immigrations, interspersed with dancing skeletons. Credit David De Armas/Rubin Museum
NEW YORK---It flies and flows and creeps. You measure it, spend it, waste it. It’s on your side, or it’s not. We’re talking about time, and so is the Rubin Museum of Art, one of the biggest-thinking small museums in town. The Rubin is devoting its entire 2018 season and all six floors of galleries to time as a theme, with an accent on the future, a future which is making some of us nervous these days. If you’re a Buddhist — and much of the historical art at the Rubin is Buddhist, from the Himalayas — time is an especially complex subject because it’s not linear. It’s layered and cyclical, with past, present and future snarled up together. And that’s the way the Rubin presents it. [More]

 The Rubin Museum of Art: "The Future" (Through Jan. 7, 2019); 150 West 17th St, New York, NY; (212) 620-5000;
“Adventures of the White Beryl,” part of Chitra Ganesh’s series The Scorpion Gesture.