I dragged my partner-in-crime to The Rubin Museum, in part because this is a small museum with what I find a nice energy and to see the Francesco Clemente-Inspired by India exhibit – Clemente’s first “retrospective” to come to New York in a decade.
Although billed as a retrospective there are only about 20 works. The space is spare and is supposedly reminiscent of a Hindu temple. It feels meditative except for the five large-scale works that reflect sexuality, violence and spirituality that line the walls. They certainly got us talking. Four sculptures are tucked into smaller “apses” but these were not as provocative. Make sure not to miss the side room, as we almost did. It’s an inner sanctum to this temple-like space. Here you will find Clemente’s erotic watercolors, The Black Book, and his Sixteen Amulets for the Road. These works are beautiful. (I couldn’t help but thinking that they should be reproduced as scarves and sold in the gift shop).
The Rubin Museum offers more than just art. To coincide with this show eight talks are scheduled with Clemente discussing art with a wide variety of artists. Or you can reserve a table on Wednesdays for Himalayan Happy Hour – have Indian and Tibetan specialties and drinks while listening to live acoustic music. Also check out K2 Friday nights when admission to the museum is free and there is a DJ and inventive cocktails to go with an Asian tapas menu. LAR
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Runs through February 2, 2015
Audio tours: Free
Hours: Opens 11a. Closing times vary. Closed on Tuesdays.
Admission: $15/Adults, $10/Seniors & Students, Children 12 and younger, free
Free Friday nights 6-10p
Memberships start at $45