The New Museum opens The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg

The compelling installation at the New Museum from Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg features music by Hans Berg.

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  • Photograph: Benoit Pailley

    "The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg" at the New Museum

  • Photograph: Benoit Pailley

    "The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg" at the New Museum

  • Photograph: Benoit Pailley

    "The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg" at the New Museum

  • Photograph: Benoit Pailley

    "The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg" at the New Museum

  • Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

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Photograph: Benoit Pailley

"The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg" at the New Museum


 

Through August 26, 2012The New Museum, Studio 231, 231 Bowery at Prince St
(212-219-1222, newmuseum.org). Wed, Fri–Sun 11am–6pm; Thu 11am–9pm. $14, seniors $12, students $10, children under 18 free; Thu 7–9pm free.

Held in the New Museum’s Studio 231, a ground-level space next door to the institution proper, Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg’s installation is utterly engrossing and, occasionally, downright gross. That’s quite a feat for a show that, upon entry, appears to consist mostly of large, eye-popping sculptures of birds. There are 83 of these brightly painted feathery creatures, to be exact, clustered in groups and constructed of wire, clay and fabric. But the heart of the exhibit consists of Djurberg’s five nightmarish Claymation short films: Projected along the walls, these videos dramatize humans’ primal urges—made all the more captivating thanks to Berlin electro producer Hans Berg’s eerie soundtracks, which are worthy of a Tim Burton title sequence.


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Highlights

I wasn’t made to play the son

Two masked torturers (a nod, perhaps, to A Clockwork Orange) gruesomely cut up a naked woman.

Bad eggs

A trio of cartoonishly fat, hungry old women pick apart a struggling bird.

I am saving this egg for later

A devilish masked figure and an alligator frantically dig in the ground for an egg.


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Head next door (and up to the fifth floor) to catch the New Museum’s “Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently.” The show examines the history of LGBT politics and includes personal viewing consoles playing docs on advocacy group ACT UP (actupny.org), among other topics; triangle-shaped mirrors charting the challenges; and other sobering pieces. • Through September 9, 2012.


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Once you’ve viewed all of The Parade’s disturbing images, steady your nerves (and discuss what the hell the show was about) with a stiff drink. New cocktail joint the Daily is just a block away, serving a regularly changing lineup of carefully constructed quaffs. We like the strong yet addictive Seelbach (bourbon, champagne, Angostura bitters; $13). A lively crowd convenes inside the bar, but for a more conversation-friendly spot, nab a windowside table on the tiny terrace.

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