New Museum of Contemporary Art

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New Museum of Contemporary Art


New Museum of Contemporary Art


New Museum of Contemporary Art

 (Photograph: Benoit PAilley)
Photograph: Benoit PAilley

New Museum of Contemporary Art

RECOMMENDED: New Museum of Contemporary Art

The first new art museum ever constructed from the ground up below 14th Street, the aptly named New Museum marks a major contribution to the continuing revitalization of downtown Manhattan. The bold seven-story building, designed by the cutting-edge Tokyo architectural firm Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA, opened in December 2007, housing three main gallery levels, a theater, a café operated by Hester Street Fair and roof terraces. The focus here is on emerging media and surveys of important but under-recognized artists—further evidence of its pioneering spirit.


Venue name: New Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 235 Bowery
New York
Cross street: at Prince St
Opening hours: 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 September 10 2017

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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.