June 21, 2010
As a compliment to their Summer exhibit entitled "Remember That You Will Die: Death Across Cultures," the Rubin Museum---in partnership with online magazines Killing the Buddha and Obit Magazine---is sponsoring an essay contest under the same name. Participants are encouraged to visit the Rubin's exhibit---or peruse the online photo gallery---and then write an article inspired by what they have seen. From the Rubin's website:
If you can, visit the exhibit in in the flesh. Lean in close to examine the exquisite detail of the Hell Realms, and take a full five steps--left to right--to absorb the scroll of the Eight Great Charnel Grounds, and scrutinize the curve of a human skull, a flayed skin, the memento mori East and West...Next, respond in words. Be oblique; we're not asking for a report or a review. No need to even mention the show or anything in it. Use it as a starting point for an essay on the remembrance of death, whether in the form of memoir, rant, reflection, obituary, profile, political commentary, or even an annotated recipe.
Winners will receive a year-long membership to the Rubin Museum, publication in Obit-Mag.com or Killing the Buddha, and a chance to read aloud at the Rubin's K2 forum at the end of June. Entries are due by July 1st so those interested should head over to the Rubin---or visit the online gallery---today!
For essay submission guidelines, click here.