New Museum of Contemporary Art

Museums, Art and design Lower East Side
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New Museum of Contemporary Art
New Museum of Contemporary Art
New Museum of Contemporary Art
 (Photograph: Benoit PAilley)
Photograph: Benoit PAilleyNew Museum of Contemporary Art

The New Museum takes its name from The New School, where it originally opened in 1977. After a move to Soho, where the it became a fixture througout the ’80s and ’90s, the New Museum moved into its current location in 2007: A bold, purposed built seven-story building, designed by the cutting-edge Tokyo architectural firm Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA. It houses three main gallery levels, a theater, a café operated by Hester Street Fair and roof terraces. As it has throughout its history, the New Musem focuses it program on emerging—and important but under-recognized—artists. 


Venue name: New Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 235 Bowery
New York
Cross street: at Prince St
Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri–Sun 11am–6pm; Thu 11am–9pm
Transport: Subway: J, Z to Bowery; 6 to Spring St
Price: $16, seniors $14, students $10, children under 18 free. Thu 7–9pm pay as you wish with a suggested minimum of $2.
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  • Contemporary art Until Sunday January 13 2019
  • Contemporary art Until Sunday January 6 2019
  • Contemporary art Until Sunday January 6 2019
  • Contemporary art Until Sunday January 6 2019
  • Contemporary art Wednesday December 19 2018 - Sunday January 20 2019
  • Contemporary art Wednesday February 13 2019 - Sunday May 26 2019

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Pro Tip: go on a Thursday for pay-what-you-wish pricing! The line definitely wraps the block, but goes quickly, so I suggest inviting a friend who can hold spots by 6:00pm. The museum is open until 9pm and they are sharp about the entrance and end times on Thursdays. This exhibit was a sensory overload - in the best sense! I still remember seeing Pipilotti Rist: Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters) at MoMA in 2008-2009, and could not wait to see what this retrospective consisted of. The whole exhibit is filled with motion and colors and an experience to get lost in the moment. The first floor of Pipilotti Rist's exhibit has floor to ceiling sheer curtains featuring various projections on them like sheep running through meadows, flowers blooming and more. There are also projections into corner walls featuring side-by-side contrasting scenes. Once you walk up to the second floor, you enter the room of lights that you've likely seen all over Instagram (mine included tbh). It's both delightful and therapeutic watching all of the lights change colors. Up another flight and you will see an even more mesmerizing projection on the ceiling. There are plenty of beds to rest on and just look up as if under water.