The Rubin TormaFest: Tibetan Butter Sculpture Night
TormaFest: An Evening of Music, Drinks, and Butter Sculptures
Free in the Spiral Lobby
In anticipation of the opening of the new shrine room, you are invited to watch, learn, and create with the Tibetan master sculptor Thubten Thinley. Thinley will be at the Museum putting the final touches on his original butter sculptures (torma) before they are installed in the shrine room (opening on July 17). Join us in the Spiral Lobby for all of the free festivities, including a torma-making station, live music with Tsering Phuntsok and Tenzing Kelsang, and Himalayan Happy Hour drink specials throughout the evening.
Tormas are traditional Tibetan butter sculptures used as offerings in shrines during special ceremonies. Torma are traditionally made with a mix of barley flour and butter which creates a mixture that is soft, pliable yet durable. Colors are added according to the purpose of the particular torma and the most commonly used colors are red, blue, yellow, green and white.
Image: Evi Abeler