Art Events That Sound Cool- but Aren’t

I can’t be the only person whose attention is peaked with nostalgic longing upon an invitation to a ‘sleep-over’. How do you feel if this invite also includes, ‘for adults’ and takes place inside an art museum?

Rubin Museum

It will be just like this!! Photo via The Balance

The Rubin Museum of Art is hosting their annual ‘Dream-Over; a Sleepover for Adults’ on December 7th. Last year, tickets sold out in under 30 minutes. Clearly, I’m not the only one who longs to reclaim pleasures from childhood and believes in the influence of art on the subconscious mind.

Rubin Museum

Here is what the event entails

Dream under the compassionate and wakeful gaze of a hundred buddhas. Come in your slippers and pajamas and sleep over at the Rubin Museum beneath a traditional or contemporary artwork handpicked just for you.

Sounds incredible, right?! Here’s more:

Each dreamer will be assigned a specific piece of traditional or contemporary art under which to sleep and dream. All dreamers must answer a Dreamlife Questionnaire, which will inform the pairing of their artwork. Dreamers will learn upon arrival at the Dream-Over which artwork has been selected for them.

Am I alone in thinking this sounds AWESOME? Here’s a bit more, from the FAQ:

What should I bring?

  • Please arrive dressed in your pajamas, robe, and slippers. Be sure to dress warmly since galleries are kept at cool temperatures to protect the artwork.
  • You must bring your own bedding. The galleries are cold and floors are hard, so bring what you need to be comfortable. Comfy bedding such as duvets, quilts, favorite pillows, thermarests, and blow-up mattresses (with pumps) are recommended for optimum comfort. Tents are not allowed.
  • A flashlight is highly recommended.
  • Toiletries. While restrooms are available, showers are not.
  • It is highly recommended that you bring earplugs, as the galleries are not quiet and can be echoey. Please also bring a sleeping mask or a hat to pull down over your eyes, since lights will be dimmed, but not extinguished, for reasons of safety.

Is there anything I shouldn’t bring?

  • Please do not bring any food or drink into the Museum, as a late-night snack and light breakfast will be served.

  • Tents are not allowed.

  • To help us create an environment of safety, comfort, and inspiration, please do not bring any alcohol or drugs into the Museum. There is no smoking during the Dream-Over and outside access is not permitted.

Wait, what? I’m just going to highlight a few phrases that made my comfort-driven brain do a double take:

  • The galleries are cold and the floors are hard
  • galleries are not quiet and can be echoey
  • lights will be dimmed but not extinguished
  • No food! No tents! No drugs!

So let me get this straight, we are supposed to pay to sleep on a cold, hard floor with no snacks to see how our dreams are affected by being next to a piece of art? I think my dreams would be more greatly altered by the surrounding noise and light, and I’m pretty darn sure every rational sleep expert would agree with me. In case you were wondering, tickets are $140.00 per person. And yes, it’s totally sold out. Who is buying into this?

Is this what art experience looks like now? I’m reminded of other ‘immersive events’ where the ultra-rich pay to give up physical comforts for mind-altering influences. Marie Antoinette and her fascination with country life while living at Versailles comes to mind, or those historical reenactment sites where participants churn their own butter and live without electricity.

Rubin Museum

“Best Vaca Ever!”

I personally think it is very beneficial to have experiences which limit our space, 24 hour access to food or our phones, in the hopes that it is possible to widen inner qualities such as generosity, deepen our understanding of our own personal essentials, to see what is truly necessary and what we can go without. But why is it that the experience of the body must be so greatly stripped back to allow for an unblocked mind?

This event, to me at least, seems like a very hackey excuse to charge people looking for a unique experience to essentially be an uncomfortable squatter surrounded by high culture.

Sounds like a nightmare to me.

I went to a Sound Bath class at Humming Puppy yoga last week. This class consists of: laying in  lovely, dark room with candles while the leader plays a variety of instruments in various places in the room, making the sound travel. You lay on a cushy yoga mat with pillows and a blanket. Afterwards, there is tea and coconut water. I highly suggest it, but I do not suggest doing it as I did, on a fully empty stomach. Mine kept growling which truly disturbed the experience happening under the relaxing wash of sound.

In this class I realized that if I want to have a mental, psychical, emotional experience it is more beneficial for me to clear the path through the body first. I think that means getting rid of some things, but not everything.

Humming Puppy Yoga NYC

This is my kind of pre-furnished studio- photo via the HP website

I personally prefer my art experiences to come with a blanket, but that’s me.

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