Hey, we're back. Yay, no? And we're here all week, natch! Today's Gothamist Interview is with a guy named Tim McHenry who is the director of programming for the Rubin Museum of Art. What's that? Like me you're a little slow on the uptake and have never heard of the Rubin Museum of Art? For shame, for shame. (While I shame you, please forget the part where I just wrote "like me." Thanks.)
The Rubin Museum of Art is a, uh, museum, that is dedicated to art and artifacts from the Himalayas. Yeah, that's narrowing their niche, but apparently, not as much as you may think. You also may not be completely aware of the museum's existence because it's only been around for a year. If you live in NYC, though, you are likely cognizant of its Chelsea location as it is the occupant of the old Barneys building on 17th Street at 7th Avenue.
More interesting to those of you who come here to help satiate bits of your film addiction (HA! I said those as if it's more than just me! Sometimes I kill myself) is a really cool program which Tim actually runs. It's called "Cabaret Cinema" and it's a pretty eclectically programmed series featuring alcohol. In fact, the series tagline is "Where movies and martinis mix," and technically, you pay a $12 (minimum) bar tab to drink things like lychee martinis and then your admission to the film is free. Not such a bad deal. The program is every Saturday night at 7, and there's often a speaker to introduce the film(s). Upcoming screenings inclulde Jurassic Park this Saturday with an introduction by "noted paleontologist Dr. Lowell Dingus of the American Museum of Natural History;"Princess Monoke on July 9; and on July 16, one of my all-time favorite films (as I've often mentioned), The Red Shoes, featuring an introduction by New Yorker dance critic Joan Acocella. You can find more information about upcoming programs at the web site.
So take a visit to the Rubin in Chelsea, but first head over to Gothamist and read about Tim. He's a fascinating guy with a very quick wit, and his interview is a lot of fun.
-- Photograph by Liz Brown