BAEF @ THE RUBIN IN NEW YORK
On Sunday, March 18 we are planning a visit to theRubin Museum of Art for fellows and alumni in the NewYork City area. Please save the date! We will keep youposted as soon as we conrm the time.Located in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan,the Rubin Museum is a cultural and educational institu-tion dedicated to the art of the Himalayas. The artisticheritage of this vast and culturally varied area of theworld remains relatively obscure. Through changingexhibitions and an array of engaging public programs,the museum offers opportunities to explore the artisticlegacy of the Himalayan region and to appreciate itsplace in the context of world cultures.After an introduction by the Chief Curator Jan Van Al-phen, we will have the opportunity to visit the museum’spermanent collection and special exhibitions on view.
The Rubin Museum of Art, as described by New York Magazine:
The Buddha works in mysterious ways. At the behest of energetic Jewish couple Shelley and Donald Rubin, theEnlightened One has symbolically claimed the formerBarneys emporium in Chelsea, once the downtown cen-ter of hothouse fashion, and transformed Mammon intoa temple of Himalayan art. The Rubin opened in October2004 and houses about 2000 works in 25,000 squarefeet of exhibition space, with a central six-story spiralstaircase. Though he admires scholarship, Donald Rubindoes not want his museum to become forbiddingly aca-demic. He emphasizes the living quality of Buddhist art,its ability, he says, to stimulate an “emotional rush” inviewers. The oor-wide exhibitions around the staircaseare therefore organized by theme rather than by par-ticular time or place. Rubin himself, who lost much of hisfamily in the Holocaust and continues to be troubled bythe eruptive violence in the human heart, takes a spe-cial interest in the demonic strains of Buddhist art: thenightmarish imagery represents a Buddhist’s determina-tion to confront internal demon’s — and tame them. Thesix-story spiral staircase, originally designed by AndreePutman for the Barneys that previously inhabited thebuilding, now suggests cycles, transcendence, and therippling forms of Buddhist art.For more information about the Rubin Museum, go tohttp://www.rmanyc.org/
The local cell in Southern California is planning to orga-nize an event in the Los Angeles area. If you would liketo help with the event, don’t hesitate to contact Lorenzode Lichtervelde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SKI TRIP AND REGULAR MEETINGS
Due to the success of the ski trip last year, Belgica isplanning another ski weekend to one of the resortsaround North Lake Tahoe, CA. Anyone interested in join-Artwork and monumental staircase atthe Rubin Museum of Art in NYCing can contact Stephanie Dupont at email@example.com or 650 868 8644.Separately, every other week, a Belgica lunch is orga-nized on the Stanford Campus.There is also an active Facebook page on which all the “Belgica” activities are posted, in addition to a website:http://www.stanford.edu/group/belgica/
In the near future, the Boston chapter is planning a joint social event with the Belgian American Society of New England (BASNE) and other events to introduce theBoston Belgians to favorite American pastimes, includ-ing sports games!