ARTNET NEWS: The Rubin Museum of Art Asia Week Celebration at the Rubin Museum of Art
Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as the Rubin Museum for its annual Asia Week celebration on March 16. The party provided guests a last chance to see the exhibition “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual,” which closes March 27.
The highlight on the night was a participatory art installation by Miya Ando, of a delicate mandala made from bleached and dyed Bodhi leaves. “It’s a type of tree that the Buddha gained enlightenment under,” the artist explained to artnet News. “The mandala represents the universe—there’s a continuum. And leaves fall, then they come back every year.”
The piece was displayed in the museum’s Art Lounge, and guests were invited to make a wish and drop a leaf from the balcony above, an action reminiscent of the Japanese tradition of tying strips of paper after making a prayer at a temple. “There’s something really ethereal about how a leaf falls,” Ando added.
Artist Miya Ando makes a wish by dropping a Bodhi leaf on her Wishing Mandala below. Photo courtesy the Rubin Museum of Art.