October’s American Sign Language Tour at the Rubin

After a brief hiatus this summer, the Rubin Museum’s American Sign Language (ASL) tours began again in a very colorful way – focusing on our exhibition Count Your Blessings: The Art of Prayer Beads in Asia open from August 2, 2013 – March 24, 2014.

October is the first month we have run the program at its new date and time.  Moving forward the Rubin will offer ASL tours on the first Sunday of each month from 2:00-3:00pm.

On October 6th we were happy to welcome a new ASL Guide, Oshin Jennings, a senior priest at the Village Zendo, a Zen temple in SoHo. Oshin has a BFA in sculpture with a minor in Art History, specializing in Asian Art.

Oshin’s dynamic teaching style and personal knowledge of the practices and beliefs surrounding these objects helped facilitate a lively and engaging tour.  He even brought his own prayer beads as touch objects to share with visitors so they could get a sense of the weight and texture of various types of beads.  We are eager to welcome Oshin back to lead future ASL tours at the Rubin.

Each month features a different exhibition. Alexandria Wailes, a seasoned ASL Guide who has led many ASL programs at the Rubin, will be joining us next month. The November 3rd tour focuses on our newest exhibition, Allegory & Illusion: Early Portrait Photography from South Asia, opening on October 16, 2013 – February 10, 2014.

We are hoping to spread the word about the new date and time for our ASL program, so please share this information with family and friends!

To learn more about the Rubin Museum’s American Sign Language Tours or other Accessibility programs, please visit our Accessibility page on the website.  To reserve your spot for future ASL programs, email us at access@rmanyc.org.

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