“Hell, yes.” That’s what you might be saying when you first go to the New Museum in NYC. Or maybe you were just reading Ugo Rondinone’s neon sign that was once shining on the Lower East Side building’s facade. Whatever the case, the New Museum’s contemporary art exhibits evoke some pretty interesting reactions.
Founded in 1977, the New Museum is well-rooted in the contemporary art culture of NYC–right up there with MoMA and the Whitney. And from the looks of the outside, there’s no doubt this place holds some intriguingly experimental exhibits. You’ve probably seen the museum’s current building: a silver, stacked structure sitting among Lower East Side tenements on Bowery. But if you’ve only passed by, now is the time to go inside.
Although Rondinone’s “Hell, yes” sign has since been replaced, the New Museum hasn’t lost an ounce of its character. Because, inside, you’ll find ever-changing exhibits that intertwine the artwork with the viewer. And there’s one show going on right now that shouldn’t be missed.
Through September, three floors of the museum will be dedicated to a group exhibit called Ghosts in the Machine, which “surveys the constantly shifting relationship between humans, machines, and art.” It’s a compilation of pieces from dozens of contemporary artists, through fifty years of investigating this realm of thinking.
So take a trip down to the New Museum on Bowery, and experience the interactive and experimental nature first hand. But be sure to go see the Ghosts in the Machine exhibit before it leaves the New Museum for good.
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