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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 to help educators develop curricular connections. 

Upcoming Events

The All-Knowing Buddha Exhibition Tour and Reception

Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

All-Knowing Buddha Gallery Tour: 6:00 - 6:45pm

Reception in the Serai Cafe: 7:00-8:30pm

**Tour will start promptly at 6:00pm in the lobby. Gallery tour and reception are free.** 

Please join the Asian Studies Circle on Wednesday, December 10, for the opportunity to tour the exhibition, The All Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide,with Rubin Museum curators, Karl Debreczeny and Elena Pakhoutova, followed by a reception with light fare in the Rubin Museum’s Serai Café. 

Reservations are required as space is limited. First thirty registrants will each receive a complimentary The All Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide catalogue.   

RSVP:Nicole Leist, Assistant Manager of Adult & Academic Programs
Please provide your full name and the name of your academic institution.
For inquiries, please call: (212) 620-5000 ext. 337

About the Exhibition 

The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide, October 3, 2014 - April 13, 2015, focuses on an exceptional set of paintings from 18th-entury China illustrating a meditation practice focused on a primordial Buddha central to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The set is one of only two of its kind in existence to narrate visually a secret esoteric practice. The presentation at the Rubin is the first time that the paintings are exhibited in the United States and sheds new light on their hidden meaning. Learn More.


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