More jumping on the beds!
Wed Mar 5 2008
I recently visited P.S.1 to see their newest show, “WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution.” I had read that the exhibition was the most comprehensive collection of feminist art work to date, including works of sculpture, painting, photography, video, film and performance art. I know what you're thinking: “This sounds like the last place to take a child,” but bear with me. While some of the show, as one might expect, is graphic in nature (those exhibits are clearly labeled in separate areas), much of the work steers clear of such an explicit approach. For instance, while you're channeling your inner-Betty Friedan, your brood can bounce off the walls (literally) in Marta Minujin’s “Soft Gallery” (1973), a room made entirely out of mattresses. While the underlying purpose, according to the artist, is to celebrate the place you spend about half of your life, your kids will get a kick out of finally being allowed to jump on the bed(s). And if you're anything like me, you won't be able to resist joining them.
Through May 12. P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave at 46th Ave, Long Island City, Queens (718-784-2084). Subway: E,V to 23rd St-Ely Ave; G to 21st St; 7 to 45th Rd-Court House Sq. Thu-Mon noon-6pm. Suggested $5.