Week-in-Review: December 3-9, 2011

December in New York City is a whirlwind of end-of-year events and experiences. Everything seems to be happening all at once, and it’s easy to skip some of the simple joys of living and working in such a grand city. While walking to work on Monday I captured this magnificent view of the city while walking out of the subway . I felt like I was magically transported on to the set of a Woody Allen movie, where New York is always in a haze, punctuated by tall buildings and fuzzy lights.

Like many Woody Allen movies where families gather together in a warm, sepia-toned living rooms, we all assembled in our cafe to celebrate our volunteers and interns on Wednesday evening. We’re lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful folks who help to support the Rubin Museum, and I was happy to see many of our Education Docents, Volunteers, and Interns sharing the joy of our accomplishments this year.

Even though we were celebrating our year with one group -we’re still not quite finished! This week we opened our latest exhibition: Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics. We welcomed our guest Curator, Martin Brauen, back into the galleries, and he amazingly gave 5 talks/trainings this week to many different groups (educators, teens, staff, members, and a group of young Tibetans). We’ve worked on something quite new for this exhibition, a special micro-site, www.comics.rmanyc.org, which includes fun interactive experiences, a blog, and event listings for the exhibition.

Many of our school residencies are ending this week as well, and for the first time we’re able to show off the works that students in our Thinking Through Art residency programs made in our Education Center. We decided to show the inspiration and process of making delightful hybrid animals.

On Friday our Teen Guide Council delivered outstanding tours to a Teen Group from the New York Historical Society Museum & Library.  It’s always fun to see a teen-take on the artwork, and how well our Teens work in groups to support each other.  Great job all around!

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