Friday, March 24, 2017

The World is Sound at The Rubin Museum of Art

Image Credit : Illuminations on the Bardo of Death; 17th century; pigments on cloth; 2.625” h. x 12” w.; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; F1998.16.5.2; 68878 (Part of HAR 778); 008

THE WORLD IS SOUND

New York, NY (March 21, 2017) – Listen deeply. The Rubin Museum of Art will become an instrument of transformation when “The World Is Sound” exhibition opens on June 16, inviting visitors to experience how sound and our sense of hearing shape our daily lives, our traditions, our history, and all of existence. Organized in a life cycle – from creation to death to rebirth – the exhibition explores different dimensions of sound and listening. Featuring work by more than 20 artists, “The World Is Sound” juxtaposes new site-specific commissions, works by prominent contemporary sound artists, and historical objects from the museum’s collection of Tibetan Buddhist art.

The exhibition will extend to newly activated spaces in the Museum, and will encourage deep listening, so visitors can “hear” traditional paintings and sculptures, challenge entrenched ways of thinking, and experience sound in new ways. “The World Is Sound” will also extend beyond the exhibition itself, with large-scale events, in-depth interviews, programs, and live performances designed to take the experience further.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Le Corps Sonore (Sound Body), an immersive, site-specific installation composed for the Rubin Museum’s iconic spiral staircase by the pioneering electronic sound artists √Čliane Radigue, Laetitia Sonami, and Bob Bielecki. Ambient drone sounds inspired by Buddhist philosophy are “tuned” to the building, and will ascend and descend as visitors wind their way up the staircase. The subtlety and ephemerality of the sounds prepare the listener for understanding a core tenet of Buddhist philosophy, where music is a metaphor for change and impermanence.  As with the entire exhibition, Le Corps Sonore invites people to slow down and consider their bodily engagement with sound, space, and their individual perceptions.
“Sound is not limited to what we hear with our ears. It is composed of vibrations that resonate in our body and flow through a resonant world. Both within Tibetan Buddhism, and in the work of certain contemporary artists, listening is a practice that liberates us from our ingrained ways of being and helps us to understand our interrelated existence.  Considered together, the historical and contemporary works in the exhibition provide visitors an opportunity to listen deeply -- and perhaps even to re-imagine one’s own relationship to the world,” said Risha Lee, exhibition curator.
Visitors will learn how to approach listening and sound through active participation as they make their way through sections, arranged cyclically. In one section, visitors trigger motion activated technology in order to “sound” Tibetan Buddhist ritual objects and instruments, featuring newly commissioned recordings from several monasteries. Another section offers an experiential auditory visit through the bardos, transitory states between death and rebirth described in Tibetan Buddhism. Other sections include an immersive visitor-generated chant of OM recorded in the preceding months during the Rubin Museum’s interactive “OM Lab” installation; sounds of creation, as imagined by artists including C. Spencer Yeh, Samita Sinha, MSHR, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Jules Gimbrone, Nate Wooley and students from the Columbia Sound Arts MFA program; a video produced in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History; a gallery devoted to Deep Listening that pays tribute to the work of the late composer Pauline Oliveros; and soundscapes from locales in Asia by Bob Bielecki, Ernst Karel, and Hildegard Westerkamp. The exhibition also features state-of-the-art audio equipment generously provided by HARMAN.
The final section of the exhibition focuses on the possibilities and power of one’s own voice, with works by inter-generational artists Christine Sun Kim and John Giorno. Their works consider the ways that the voice can shape or disrupt our identities, inviting personal reflection on community activism, interdependence, and exerting influence through sound.
The interdisciplinary, multilayered approach of “The World Is Sound” forges cross-cultural connections between historical and contemporary understandings of sound and the relationship to human existence. An audio tour, print and online magazine, and series of public programs will complement the exhibition.

The World Is Sound exhibition is made possible through the generosity of HARMAN. Additional support provided by contributors to the 2017 Exhibitions Fund. The exhibition is curated by Risha Lee, and the design and installation are overseen by John Monaco, both of the Rubin Museum.

Related Programs:

The World Is Sound Exhibition Tours
Wednesdays in June, 6:00 PM
Free with admission

Tibetan Book of the Dead Book Club
Wednesdays evenings in June and July, 7:00 PM
Dr. Ramon Prats, a leading bardo scholar, leads on-stage conversations exploring the Tibetan Book of the Dead and related topics, including addiction, palliative care, dementia, and near-death experiences.

Sounds of the Street: Rubin Museum Annual Summer Block Party
Sunday, July 16
1:00–4:00 PM
Free
The Rubin Museum celebrates community by making some noise with thousands of visitors along with free performances, outdoor art-making, and family tours.

Cabaret Cinema: Soundtrack
Fridays in July, 9:30 PM
$10, Free for members
Watch – and hear – a series of classic films, each chosen based on sound and introduced by interesting New Yorkers.

Summer Sound Workshops
Join sound baths, shaman-led sound healings, and other experiential sound experiences.

Family Sundays: Instruments of Our Own
Sundays in July, 1:00-4:00 PM
Free
Families can make their own musical instruments, join an exhibition tour, and take enjoy a gallery scavenger hunt.

About Risha Lee
Risha Lee is a curator at the Rubin Museum of Art, where most recently she organized “OM Lab.” Previously, she was the Assistant Curator of South and Southeast Asian art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where she curated exhibitions on cross-cultural topics within and around South and Southeast Asia, frequently juxtaposing historical and contemporary art, and worked on projects to enhance audience engagement with the art and ideas in the collection. She has taught a wide variety of courses at Columbia University and the American University of Beirut. She graduated from Harvard College and received her Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University.

About the Rubin Museum of Art
The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas and neighboring regions. With a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions and programs—including films, concerts, and on-stage conversations—the Rubin provides immersive experiences that encourage personal discoveries and spark new ways of seeing the world. Emphasizing cross-cultural connections, the Rubin is a space to contemplate ideas that extend across history and span human cultures.


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday "Stuntman in 1920"


Okay, this photo is both somewhat cool and crazy to me! Taken in 1920, a stuntman over Times Square! You couldn't pay me a million dollars to do this! But oh what a fantastic photo it makes!


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10 Best Unique Candy Shops NYC


When we visit a new place, we always like to take back items to friends and family. Candy or chocolate is a great choice, but to find places that carry unique items is even better. I always like to bring things home that folks have never had before. Better yet, candy that has some nostalgia to it, that you loved as a child but could never find in your local shops. These are some of the most unique candy shops in New York City, if you are a candy lover, be sure to add them to your list! Here they are, in no special order because that would be very difficult :

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Walking Through Chelsea and Meatpacking District

Upon my stay at the Maritime Hotel, I was thrilled to walk around the areas of Chelsea and the Meatpacking district. The Meatpacking has really grown into a lovely area, with the addition of the High Line and the Whitney Museum of Art. Are you ready for a stroll with me? 
This Kiehl's store was wonderful, I love the storefront! Their products are amazing, and I use many including their avocado eye cream! 


I did a full review of Gansevoort Market on the blog, a fun place with various food choices! 
Such great window detail here 
Flower boxes make everything so much prettier! 
I never get tired of doors, especially ones like these! 
This is near the Chelsea Pier, so cool ! 

L'OCCITANE is another favorite of mine, their hand massages are so relaxing! 
Homestead Steakhouse has been serving the best steaks since 1868. If they are in business that long, you know it has to be good! 


Very cool car parked on the street. I love the way it is painted! 
These views were just outstanding 

I was very lucky to be walking around on such a gorgeous day! 

The fantastic Chelsea Market and some blue skies! There is nothing better than this! 
Be sure to mark these areas on your NYC to do list. I love days when weather is nice, and I can just walk around to see what unique places I can find! 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Monica's Gourmet Cookies Review and QVC Alert


I am thrilled to bring you another in-depth review of Monica's Gourmet Cookies. I found out about these amazing confections on Instagram. I just love social media for introducing me to new products. I am a big cookie lover, and I like a soft, chewy cookie. Monica's are that cookie. 

Here is some information about Monica: 

Monica's Story: 

In 1991, while confined to bed rest during a high-risk pregnancy, the beginning stages of what now comprise my gourmet cookie collection began to take shape. Flavors, ingredients and measurements rushed through my head, and I diligently used my pen and paper – my only means of creation – to record it all. Post-pregnancy, having given birth to my second daughter, I returned to my list of potential concoctions.


Several months later the fruits of my 'labor' paid off – the ideal blend of ingredients was finally determined, and an incredible cookie was born … followed by more! However, it took a few years to duplicate each batch to absolute perfection – and for me to discover just how significantly these cookies would affect my culinary future. During this time, my cookies were a staple at every one of my gourmet catering bookings. Before long, it didn’t matter what scrumptious entrees and side dishes I had created as long as my cookies were a part of the menu! Over time, requests for my cookies became so frequent that fulfilling those orders began to eclipse my regular catering business. Ultimately, due to growing demand and my undeniable passion for my creations, the cookies became my primary area of concentration. 

I was sent the assortment of cookies, and so kindly shared with my co-workers. You receive 12 cookies in a 2 pound box. These make great gifts, for just about anyone and any reason. When you open the box, and the smell arrives at your nose, you are one happy person! 
I LOVED this included in the box and it is oh so correct! They do freeze well as I have done that before but you find yourself eating them before the 3 months is up. 

How fantastic do these look? My co-workers were amazed at the flavors and taste. 
Red Velvet, Peanut Butter with Chocolate dip, Lemon, Regular Chocolate Chip, Almond. 

The Almond one is just unreal. The flavor and taste is just so so good. They are all really wonderful. You cannot go wrong with any flavor. 

Monica's makes gluten free selections as well, which will make those who need to not eat gluten very, very happy! 

It is hard to choose a favorite, as they are all just fantastic. 

These cookies are great for your child in college, for Mother's or Father's Day, Christmas, any holiday as they can serve them with holiday dinner. It is really hard to share these cookies, you want to keep them all to yourself! 



I was thrilled to hear that Monica's Gourmet Cookies is going to be on QVC March 27th! I am sure they will have some great deal in purchasing these cookies, and I am sure I will be buying a box. They may even have a special cookie just for QVC! You can order direct from Monica's website, or when she is on QVC. I cannot recommend these cookies enough, and to see my co-workers go bonkers over them, confirmed it more for me. I love sending them to friends as a surprise, it really makes their day!

QVC ALERT: Monica's Gourmet Cookies will be debuting on QVC March 27th in the 3-6pm eastern time slot. It would be pretty smart and brilliant if you watched, and ordered some cookies. You will be the most happy person when you receive these cookies, just trust me!

You can follow Monica's Gourmet here

Disclosure: I was provided some cookies from Monica's Gourmet for this review. There has been no monetary compensation for this post. I only recommend products that I feel will be of interest to my readers, and that I am truly impressed by. These cookies are the best I have ever enjoyed. All opinions are my own. Thank you!!

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