Inspired by powerful Buddhist principles, the Mandala Lab is a new space on the Rubin Museum’s third floor that invites curiosity about our emotions. Consider how complex feelings show up in your everyday life and imagine how you might have the power to transform them.

The Mandala Lab features thought-provoking and playful experiences – including a scent and memory library, a synchronized breathing activity, and a gong orchestra with eight gongs suspended over water – that guide visitors along an inner journey focused on self-awareness and awareness of others. The Mandala Lab features artist contributions from Laurie Anderson, Sanford Biggers, Tenzin Tsetan Choklay, Billy Cobham, Amit Dutta, Sheila E., Peter Gabriel, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sarah Hennies, Huang Ruo, Shivamani, Palden Weinreb, Wang Yahui, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Bora Yoon, and scents created by Christophe Laudamiel.

See, smell, touch, and breathe your way through the space, designed to inspire connection, empathy, and learning.

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