Rubin Museum, New York City
Get there if you can between April 19, 2019 – March 23, 2020 for a featured exhibition titled “Masterworks of Himalayan Art.”
The museum is home to a great many Non-Resident Nepali (NRN) artifacts other than those highlighted in featured exhibitions. The Rubin is methodically positioning itself as the locus of Nepali aesthetic expression. Particularly in the wake of the 2015 Earthquake, the Rubin has taken a leadership role in cataloging Nepali art works, some of which are still located in Nepal but many in the possession of museums and private collection spread across the globe.
The museum also publishes relevant books. Gautam Vajra Vajracharya’s “Frog Hymns and Babies” is an apt and timely example. Its subject matter–the tales of, and about, the monsoon in Nepal valley and the adjoining sub-continent–is a window into the thought construct of the historical Nepali persona.
To understand the the Museum’s institutional committment to Nepali aesthetics, see this digital presentation on “Honoring Nepal: People, Places, Art” (https://artsandculture.google.com/…/honoring…/gQKiSTOiApY_Jw).