Rubin Museum of Art Presents The Nine Rivers Gala Today
The Nine Rivers Gala, the Rubin Museum of Art's annual New York benefit, will celebrate South Asia's incredible art, fashion and design. The event will highlight the Indian-influenced fashion of designer Naeem Khan, who will attend the event as the Museum's special guest. Naeem's intricately beaded and embroidered dressed have been worn by celebrities, including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker Eva Longoria, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Runway models will wear the designer's fashions throughout the evening.
Following a cocktail reception, guests will dine in the galleries surrounded by 19th century Indian photography from the Museum's special exhibition, Allegory and Illusion, as well as masterworks from the its permanent collection. Catered by Stephen Starr Events--renowned for restaurants such as Morimoto, Buddakan, and the Rubin Museum's own Cafe Serai, the Indian-inspired menu will be designed by Café Serai Executive Chef, Ali Loukzada, and incorporate traditional Indian elements. Taking a cue from the fashion world, Chef Ali will also use color to create a menu reflective of India's vibrant culture.
The Gala's India East theme showcases the Museum's focus on the art of India and other South Asian countries by celebrating two exhibitions currently on view:
· From India East
From India East, on view through July 7, 2014, presents sculptures from the Asian art collection of the Brooklyn Museum. The works were chosen by the Rubin Museum's curators to trace the development of Buddhist and Hindu sculpture back to its roots in the art of ancient India. The year-long exhibition includes art from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, and Japan. The loan was made possible by the Brooklyn Museum's temporary closing of its Asian art galleries.
· Allegory and Illusion
Allegory and Illusion: Early Portrait Photography from South Asia, opening October 16, presents approximately 120 photographs and a selection of albums, glass plate negatives, cabinet cards, cartes-de-visites, and postcards illustrating the rich tradition of portrait photography in India, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Nepal from the mid-19th century to early 20th century. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi.
Dinner will be followed by a performance by sitar player Anjana Roy and tabla player Polash Gomes. Roy comes from Delhi, India, where she trained under Shri Rebati Ranjan Debnath, her father and guru. Roy has taught sitar music and performed throughout the New York area and released an album of Indian classical music on sitar in 2006. She will be accompanied by Gomes on the tabla.
The Nine Rivers Gala is the single largest fundraiser for the Museum each year. Since 2007 the event has raised over $4 million to support the Museum. This event has proven to be a favorite among Rubin Museum supporters, and each year the Museum strives to make it a unique experience with lively entertainment and surprise celebrity guests. In the past, the Gala has honored such notables as Former President William J. Clinton, The Venerable Matthieu Ricard, Raymond G. Chambers and Deepak Chopra. Special guests have included acclaimed violinist Hahn-Bin and actors Steve Buscemi and Eva Longoria.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013