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In the of hubbub of New York, discover a haven of peace at The Rubin Museum of Art.

"Nagas: Hill people of India." Photo by Pablo Bartholomew.

Strictly dedicated to Himalayan Art, the Rubin Museum of Art presents "Nagas: Hill People of India" through September 21, 2009. The Indian photographer Pablo Bartholomew explores the Nagas civilization, a people between tradition and transition.

Nagas people live in tribes in the Northeast of India, in the low hills of Himalaya. Pablo Bartholomew's photographs show their daily life, their cultural shocks, and the difficulty they have in conserving a traditional culture while confronting western and modern cultural influences.

Pablo Bartholomew, an Indian photojournalist, is based in New Delhi. Especially interested in photographing his country and its population, he won in 1975 the World Press Photo's first prize for his series on Morphine Addicts in India.

"Nagas: Hill people of India." Photo by Pablo Bartholomew.

Inspired by his father, a photographer himself, Bartholomew started photographing very young, and immortalized the India of the 70s. Now a world renowned 55 year old photographer, he has been inspired by the Nagas culture since his youth. This photographic collection presented at the Rubin Museum of Art was shot over the past 10 years, throughout different trips and expeditions in the low hills of the Nagas people. Bartholomew tries to understand their culture, to analyze their daily life and their rites. Throughout this work, we learn a lot about a people torn between two worlds, between prehistoric practices and the discovery of 21st century habits. You can listen to a very interesting interview with the artist on those subjects at the exhibit.

On the way, you will have the chance to discover the Rubin Museum and its permanent collection. The museum was created in 1999 and is strictly dedicated to the arts of the Himalayan area (Tibet, India, Nepal, Pakistan). It is the perfect place to learn about the art of this region.

"Nagas: Hill people of India." Photo by Pablo Bartholomew.

The museum owns a magnificent collection of Buddhist statuettes and Tibetan textiles from the XII century. You will also learn a lot about the meaning of Himalayan Art and on the different deities of Buddhism. The informative plaques explaining the exhibits to visitors are particularly well done, and make pieces easily understandable. Note that access to the museum is free to all on Friday nights (7-10PM). The food is not free, but why not take the occasion to enjoy the Asian tapas menu and some cocktails at the charming museum cafe?

One feels a very special energy in this the place. I assure to you that you will leave calm, peaceful and removed from New York's agitation. [Suzanne Trouve Feff]


Rubin Museum of Art
Facade of the Rubin Museum of Art. Photo by the Rubin Museum of Art.

Adress: 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
Opening Hours:
Monday: 11 a.m – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11 a.m – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m – 5 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m – 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m – 6 p.m.

Contact :212.620.5000
Price: Adults - $10.00
Seniors/students/artists (with valid ID) - $7.00
Neighbors in zip codes 10011 and 10001 (with valid ID) - $7.00
College students (with valid ID) - $2.00

Gallery admission is free to all every Friday from 7 – 10 p.m.

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Suzanne Trouve Feff, a native of Paris, is a contributor to the Museum Gazeeter.