|The New Museum|
The New Museum is a building from top to bottom; when you first arrive you take the elevator all the way to the seventh floor called the "Sky Room." There is an observation deck where visitors can experience the amazing view below.
|View from the Sky Room|
A trip to the fourth floor takes you to the beginning of the show, a gallery filled with Bridget Riley's Op-Art paintings, and Stan VanDerBeek's Movie Drome 1963 - 66/2012.
The Movie Drome is an interactive piece. Shaped like a large igloo and constructed out of a mail-order grain silo, it's a space where viewers are encouraged to go into the Dome, lie down on floor cushions and watch multiple layered slide and movie projections. There is also also the element of sound which is multi-layered as well. Sensory overload is an understatement.
|View from inside the Movie Drome.|
Walking downstairs to the next gallery space below, you encounter Mark Leckey's video installation Pearle Vision 2012, one of several recent contemporary pieces that reflects a "fascination with earlier machines and the types of knowledge and experiences that are lost as we move from one era to the next..."(Ghosts in the Machine).
One of my favorite pieces was located on this floor. Spaczio Elastico (Elastic Space) 1967-68 is an installation created by artist Gianni Colombo. A room lit only with black-light, the space was defined by glow-in-the-dark elastic cord that was connected to motors that would pull the string in various directions. This would manipulate the cubes of space into different shapes.
Another pleasant surprise was seeing The Harrow, which was the machine from Franz Kafka's "In the Penal Colony," 1914. As soon as I walked into the room I knew what it was. It was a terrible looking object, a mean piece of furniture if there ever was one, pen nibs raised and ready to mark it's next victim to death.
|Spaczio Elastico (Elastic Space) 1967-68|
Seeing Hans Haacke's Blue Sail was inspriational. So simple and yet so beautiful, it is an ingenious piece. Another piece that I truly loved was Eye Model 2006, a piece by artists .
|Hans Haacke Blue Sail 1964-65|
|Otto Piene Hangende Lichtkegel 1972|