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What you don't know could hurt you

The fall series at the Rubin Museum of Art
September—December 2013

"It is ignorance that smothers, and it is carelessness that makes it invisible." – Gautama Buddha in the Sutta Nipata

According to Buddhist thinking, ignorance is the greatest impediment to enlightenment. This fall we aim to clear the path a little with some help from our friends Laurie Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, and many others.


Upcoming Events

Buy Tickets TALK | Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.
John Patrick Shanley (playwright) + Douglas Cuomo (composer)
$25 | Learn More

CANCELLED TALK | Monday, December 16, 7:00 p.m.
A.M. Homes (author) + Sharon Kleinbaum (rabbi)
$25 | Learn More

TALK | Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.
Ignorance and Ritual
Ernesto Pujol (artist) + Carol Becker (cultural critic)
$15 | Learn More

TALK | Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
The Path Itself
The Gyalwang Drukpa (lama) + Susan Sarandon (actor)
SOLD OUT | Learn More

TALK | Saturday, September 28, 6:00 p.m.
Daniel Gilbert (psychologist) + Tim Kreider (cartoonist)
$30 | Learn More

TALK | Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 p.m. (Rescheduled from October 23)
The Known Universe

Kenneth Lonergan (playwright) + Jim Holt (philosopher)
$20 |  Learn More

TALK | Monday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.
System Blindness
Daniel Goleman (psychologist) + Dan Harris (journalist)
$20 | Learn More

TALK | Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.
Information as Infographics
Gareth Cook (journalist) + Nicholas Felton,
John Grimwade, Nigel Holmes, Fernanda Viégas,
and Martin Wattenberg (designers)
$15 | Learn More

MUSIC | Friday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
Acoustic Cash 
Rosanne Cash + Cory Chisel
SOLD OUT $85 | Learn More

TALK | Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m.
The Future of the Himalayas
Jane Alexander (conservationist) + Kamal Bawa (biologist) + Sandesh Kadur (photographer)
$20 | Learn More

TALK | Friday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.
Omniscience Karma Trinlay Rinpoche (lama) + Dimitrios Kapagiannis (neurologist)
$25 | Learn More

MUSIC | Saturday, November 2, 6:00 p.m.
Frederic Chiu (piano) plays Debussy, Ravel & Gao Ping
$35 | Learn More

TALK | Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.
Dispelling the Darkness
The Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche (lama) + Charles Eisenstein (activist)
SOLD OUT | Learn More

TALK | Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.
Ignorance in the Information Age
Neil LaBute (playwright) + Alec Baldwin (actor)
SOLD OUT | Learn More

TALK | Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
Fantasy and Fact
Neil Gaiman (author) + Laurie Anderson (artist)
SOLD OUT | Learn More

TALK | Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.
Allegory and Illusion
Mira Nair (director) + Christopher Pinney (anthropologist) 
$20 | Learn More

Saving Mes Aynak


Buy Tickets FILM | Wednesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m.
Saving Mes Aynak: The Cultural Treasure We Will Never Know
Special Advance Screening $15

Additional Screenings
Buy TicketsFriday, December 20, 7:00 p.m.

Buy Tickets Friday, December 27, 7:00 p.m.


Cabaret Cinema

Where movies and martinis mix
K2 Friday Nights at 9:30 p.m.
Free ticket with a $7 bar minimum

A film series about what we don't know, or choose not to know.

Sept. 6
Sept. 13
Sept. 20
Sept. 27

John Heilpern introduces Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Jay Valgora introduces Lost Horizon (1937)
Ben Granoff introduces Akira (1988)
Frances Kazan introduces Panic in the Streets (1950)

Oct. 4
Oct. 11
Oct. 18
Oct. 25

Joel Grey introduces Cabaret (1972)
Pam MacKinnon introduces Network (1976)
Blood Simple. (1984)
Michael Mayer introduces Laura (1944)

Nov. 1
Nov. 8
Nov. 15
Nov. 22

Justin Vivian Bond introduces The Women (1939)
John Kelly introduces Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Rachel Dratch introduces Lord of the Flies (1963)
Danny Lopez, British Consul General to New York introduces The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965)

Dec. 6
Dec. 13
Dec. 20
Dec. 27

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
La Grande Illusion (1937)
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
American Graffiti (1973)


Lunch Matters

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.
$10; free for members

Join us for lunch every Wednesday when you can carry your lunch down to the theater from the café and enjoy an hour of food for thought.

Filmed Conversations: Talks About Nothing
In 2010 and 2011 the Rubin Museum brought together some of the world's most active minds to talk about nothing. There was a lot to say.

Oct. 2

Fiona Shaw + Simon Critchley on Ibsen, Beckett, and Eliot
Post-screening discussion moderated by Will Eno

Oct. 9

Oliver Sacks + John Dugdale on inner vision and photography

Oct. 16

Marie Howe + Christopher Potter on poetry
Post-screening discussion moderated by Marie Howe

Oct. 23

Patsy Rodenburg + Christopher Potter on acting

Oct. 30

Nico Muhly + Andrew Solomon on silences in music

Nov. 6

Peter Sellars + Raj Patel on the economics of nothing

Nov. 13

Brian Cox + Alison Gopnik on King Lear and child learning

Nov. 20

Laurie Anderson + Charles Seife on zero

Nov. 27

Rick Moody + Melissa Franklin on Beckett and physics


"The quest for enlightenment is at the core of Tibetan Buddhist teachings and is reflected throughout the material culture of the Himalayas. By attaining this ultimate awareness, one can combat the consequences of ignorance, a state of being that prevents us from looking beyond ourselves and connecting with the world as it truly exists. In today’s digital society there is a hunger for both immediate information and a deeper sense of understanding. The Ignorance series approaches these desires from a multitude of angles and aims to scratch away some layers of complexity on the journey to gaining knowledge and, with any luck, wisdom."
Tim McHenry, Director of Public Programs and Performance