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The Scorpion Gesture is a rich and colorful phantasmagoria that plays in the intersections of myth and science fiction. Inspired by select paintings, sculptures and illuminated texts from the Rubin Museum of Art’s collection of Himalayan art, and influenced by surrealism, sci-fi, early stop-motion animation, vintage comics, and expressionist theater, the work explores circular patterns in time and the unlimited human potential for transformation and renewal symbolized by the mudra known as “the scorpion gesture.”
The work interweaves elements of five animated narratives that artist Chitra Ganesh created as interventions in the Rubin Museum of Art’s collection galleries. These animated interventions seek to illuminate and further activate paintings, sculptures, and stories drawn from the life of Padmasambhava, known in Tibetan mythology as The Second Buddha, a figure prophesied to appear in future avatars over the course of millennia at moments when the world stands poised to be consumed by conflict and apocalyptic struggle. With The Scorpion Gesture, Ganesh connects those stories to her view of our contemporary, fraught relationship with technology and politics.
For the month of November, The Scorpion Gesture will play on Times Square's electronic billboards each night from 11:57pm to midnight.
Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight. Presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and curated by Times Square Arts since 2012, it has an estimated annual viewership of 2.5 million.