Hey hey–the ballet flats are out! And so are the cropped pants. Although it’s still in the 40s, I guess we’ve gotten so used to the perpetual chill that we might as well classify today as ‘balmy’. We’ll take what we can get though, thank you very much.
Welcome Spring in New York (if you can call it that)!
Enough of the snark, one thing that never leaves us disappointed is the wealth of extraordinary art exhibitions and events in the city- rain or shine. I just want to look back on the evening of the New Museum’s Triennial opening of “Surround Audience” on February 25th. It must have been below freezing and look at the hordes of people:
Nevertheless, I always find that the most interesting part of a New Museum opening is the audience. More than any other museum, the New Museum seems to attract all the artists and students. I don’t know why this is, perhaps because it’s a more approachable museum? Or maybe because it’s in the Lower East Side? Maybe because the art it displays is so experimental. In any case, I’d much rather view the art in a less crowded setting to really get a good sense of the exhibition. I have to go back and see it again, because if I were to judge it from the opening, I would say the exhibition was just… Meh. A little reminiscent of a crowded MFA thesis show to be honest.
But don’t take my word for it, here are a few reviews to give you a balanced opinion:
Positive reviews from the NY Times and The Observer.
Less positive reviews from Hyperallergic and The Village Voice.
Unfortunately I didn’t take many photos, but I did manage to take a picture of my favorite piece:
What did you think of the show?