THE SCORPION GESTURE
The exhibition’s title derives from the mudra known as the scorpion gesture is said to have unlimited power and potential for transformation. Chitra Ganesh: The Scorpion Gesture features five animations on view at the Rubin Museum, each piece in conversation with particular paintings and objects from the Museum’s collection. Your presence will transform the Rubin galleries in Chitra Ganesh’s new series The Scorpion Gesture, causing her large-scale animations to appear and come to life as you walk by select artworks. Inspired by pieces in Gateway to Himalayan Art and Masterworks, these animated interventions take the figures of Padmasambhava, known as the Second Buddha, and Maitreya, the Future Buddha, as points of departure. The pieces build on Ganesh’s longstanding investigation of mythological imagery and experimental narrative in her multidisciplinary practice, integrating her drawings with elements from the Rubin’s collection to develop lush poetic moving image works. Developed with and animated by the STUDIO NYC. Through January 7, 2019, in the Second and Third Floor Galleries
FACE OF THE FUTURE
For Face of the Future, Ganesh reimagines how visual languages of science fiction and fantasy take shape and proliferate around the world in print culture, literature, and cinema. In addition to showcasing her own new works on paper and collage-based pieces, Ganesh has invited seven emerging artists—Maia Cruz Palileo, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Tammy Nguyen, Jagdeep Raina, Sahana Ramakrishnan, Anuj Shrestha, and Tuesday Smillie—to expand and redefine the aesthetics of science fiction by creating posters that refer to a group of important, influential films largely outside the Western canon. Through November 4 in the Theatre Level Curated by Beth Citron, .