Flags and Deities

September 30, 2004

Nearly a dozen students from the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department are participating in the inaugural celebration for the Rubin Museum of Art, which is opening its doors on Saturday, October 2. The Rubin Museum is a cultural and educational institution dedicated to the art of the Himalayas. The participation by SVA students is part of what is planned to be an ongoing partnership between the Rubin Museum and the College.


The students will all be painting panels based on descriptions of wrathful Himalayan deities, which will be assembled into a single large piece at the museum. Also on display will be flags created by artist Kiki Smith, in collaboration with several SVA faculty members and third-year BFA Fine Arts student Li Huan Wu, who worked in an internship on the project. The museum will be unveiling its collection and other works, as well as hosting live events, including a parade of Himalayan dogs and a Himalayan Street Fair, throughout the October 2 – 3 weekend. The Rubin Museum of Art is located at 150 West 17th Street; visit www.rmanyc.org to learn more.

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