Living Shrines of Uyghur China: Photography by Lisa Ross

Curated by Beth Citron

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is China’s largest province. It came under Chinese rule in 1949. With few exceptions, artists and foreign researchers have been denied meaningful access to the rural areas in Xinjiang. Ross's close working relationships with a Uyghur anthropologist and a French historian focusing on Central Asian Islam have guided her more than eight-year exploration in the region. The extensive body of work from which this exhibition draws is rare in that it captures a time and place that is rapidly modernizing and transforming, as Xinjiang is now China’s largest source of untapped natural gas, oil, and minerals.

Ross’s work broadens our understanding of an understudied region at one of the world’s greatest cultural crossroads. At the same time, the conceptual and aesthetic dimensions of Ross’s photographs speak to the visual beauty, visceral ardency, and sacred gravity of these sites. The depth of Ross’s work will be enhanced by a book, Living Shrines of Uyghur China, to be released by Monacelli Press at the time the exhibition opens.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by Peter Hutchings and Martha Wolfgang.


Museum Hours & Admission

Map of Rubin Museum


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New York, NY 10011
(between 6th & 7th Avenues)


A, C and E to 14th Street (8th Avenue)
1 to 18th Street (7th Avenue)
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F and M to 14th Street (6th Avenue)
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M6, M7, or M20 to the corner of 7th Avenue and 18th Street.
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Monday: 11 a.m – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11 a.m – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m – 5 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m – 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m – 6 p.m.

The museum is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving,
and New Year’s Day.


Admission to this exhibition is free.

Regular Museum Admission

Adults: $10.00
Seniors 65+: $5.00
Students 13+: $5.00
Children (12 and younger): Free
Museum members: Free