The title of this is a bit misleading because I’m actually posting to leave you with a really, really neatbit of art education that I thoroughly enjoyed at the New Museum! I will, however, leave one tiny note on museum courtesy: if your exhibit features more than a few sets of genitals, a film chronicling the last year of a man with HIV’s life, and a sculpture of an animatronic child having ‘relations’ with a goat, it might be wise to give a small heads-up to the family with four children ages 3 to 7 and their grandparents. They may have looked the exhibit up before-hand and are extremely open with their kids, but they also might have no idea what is in store and, let me tell you – it does not make a happy customer. It was not a pretty sight to watch them rush through the exhibit embarrassed and angry, not to mention it will probably significantly reduce the chance that the parents might come back on their own time.
And now! For the good stuff! The current exhibit is entitled “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star” and encompassed as much of New York City’s contemporary art scene exclusively in 1993. For those of you who have not visited this unique museum, a single exhibit takes up the whole of the tall and thin museum.
You are encouraged to start at the top floor (6) and work your way down. This top floor is an ‘education floor,’ giving you an introduction to the exhibit. In this case, the New Museum had set up twelve 1993 television sets (naturally the size of mini-refrigerators), each with a slideshow/video loop reeling off the political, arts, and pop culture news of one month in 1993. Each video lasted between 10-15 minutes so visitors were able to gain a lot of information by spending just a minute at each television and even more if they returned. This was not only so fun to watch and reminisce (did you know that the live Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Frasier both first aired in 1993?!), but it also gave you extremely detailed context for the works you were about to see.
I hope this has inspired you to book your trip to NY, but if not, I hope you’ve found some good insight along the way!