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Asian Studies Circle

Asian Studies Circle

The Asian Studies Circle at the Rubin Museum of Art provides a unique opportunity for university faculty and researchers interested in Asian Studies and related topics to meet at the museum for informal discussion and private exhibition tours. Gallery talks are usually held once a semester for faculty and are designed to help educators develop curricular connections and utilize the museum as an extension of the classroom. 


Upcoming Events

Asian Studies Circle-Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine Program

Please join the Asian Studies Circle Wednesday, March 19, for an exciting two-part program: the opportunity to tour the exhibition, Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine, with guest curator, Dr. Theresia Hofer, followed by a Diagnosis Workshop in the theater led by Tibetan physician, Amchi Tenjing Bista.

Event Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Bodies in Balance Gallery Tour:
Diagnostic Workshop in the Theater
: 7:00-8:30 pm

Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine explores the guiding principles of the Tibetan science of healing represented in medical paintings, manuscripts, and medical instruments. The exhibition invites visitors to explore interactive experiences in the galleries and throughout the Museum. Dr. Theresia Hofer, exhibition guide, is a researcher at the University of Oslo, focusing on the history, art, and contemporary practice of Tibetan medicine and cross-cultural studies in health and illness. Tour will start promptly at 6:00 in the lobby!

Gallery tour is complimentary. Reservations are required, as space is limited.
RSVP: Laura Lombard, Head of Adult and Academic Programs
Please provide your full name and the name of your academic institution.
Email: (email contact preferred)
Phone: (212) 620-5000 ext. 246

Diagnosis Workshop is first of a four-part series of workshops on diagnosis. This workshop focuses on Tibetan pulse diagnosis. Amchi Tenjing Bista, Tibetan physician from the Lo Kunphen Tibetan Medical School in Nepal, will lead the workshop with Theresia Hofer serving as translator. Workshop will start promptly at 7:00 pm in the theater!

Tickets are $25. Asian Studies Circle attendees will receive a 10% discount. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Rubin Museum box office, (212) 620-5000 ext. 344.


Recent Events

Previous ASC events have included exhibition tours of the museum's permanent collection with Rubin Museum of Art curators, and a gallery talk with a university professor who developed a course based on the special exhibition, Pilgrimage & Faith: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.

To learn more about ASC events, please visit our Education blog:

December 2012: Curator Talk with Beth Citron (Modernist Indian Art) - This exhibition is on view until April 9, 2012.

August 2011: Curricular Connections with Serinity Young

April 2011: Curator Talk with Christian Luczanits