Third Time’s a Charm, My Trip to the New Museum

Third Time’s a Charm, My Trip to the New Museum

Have you ever wanted to visit a place so badly but for one reason or another the powers that be prevented it from happening? Well, that happened to me and the place was the New Museum on the Lower East Side. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I love art and have an affinity for contemporary works. Naturally, I needed to check out a space devoted to Contemporary Art. The first time I attempted to go, a small fire started a mere minutes before I arrived. When I walked up to the seven-story building—a metal mesh-draped stack of boxes, which at the time had a large rainbow “Hell, Yes!” sign by Ugo Rondinone mounted on the exterior—I was greeted by fire trucks and other art enthusiasts, who informed me the museum was temporarily closed. My second misguided attempt happened during a snowstorm where I could barely see two feet in front of me. I decided to postpone the outing and wait out the weather in a nearby restaurant. At this point, my initial excitement about visiting the museum was now a mix of enthusiasm and determination. I guess the third time’s a charm, as they say. When I finally visited the museum I was impressed by the sheer size and it reminded me of the sleek, minimalist, maze-like interior of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam—complete with video installations, paintings and sculptures. Currently, the attraction is exhibiting the work of performance, sculpture and installation artist Chris Burden. Chris Burden: Extreme Measures, on view thru January 12, 2014, questions physical and moral limits, with Burden investigated the breaking point of materials, institutions and himself. Highlights include two works on the museum’s exterior:  Twin Quasi Legal Skyscrapers (2013), each measuring thirty-six feet in height, on the roof of the building; and Ghost Ship (2005), a thirty-foot double-ended vessel, which hangs on the museum’s façade like a lifeboat. Both exterior works will be on display thru next fall. Although I don’t see a snowstorm in the near future, learn from my mistake and check the weather report before you go! For more on the museum’s current exhibitions, click here.

Photo Credit: Dean Kaufman

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