New York City’s New Museum has become a hot spot for young contemporary artists. I was lucky enough to get a free trip to the museum with a couple of friends. The building’s unique architecture adds to the museum’s modern feel.
This museum is all about how digital technology plays into artwork. It shows that artwork is not just about paint and canvas anymore, but instead shows how everyday items and some lights turn what we all know as art into something new.
The most popular exhibit on display at the moment is Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist’s Pixel Forest. This display mixes digital aspects of nature with technology. You are able to walk through the display of lights, or lay down on the giant pillows and look up towards the story being told on the corner walls.
If you wish to see this exhibit, hurry there because this will only be on display until Jan. 15, 2017.
The New Museum has also started a mini exhibit on the seventh floor of the building called the micro-museum. The micro-museum is the called the museum of the future. The plan is to have these displays that are no larger than a vending machine on exhibit in places such as the DMV, or the waiting room of hospitals.
The micro-museum named, The Smallest Mollusk Museum, is on display at the New Museum. It tells the natural history of snails with eight sculptures, five videos, 3 optical allusions within it, and a huge hologram on the bottom.
These were created in hopes of keeping the idea of museums alive in the future as people turn more to technology and less to places such as an art museum. By putting them in common areas such as the waiting room of a doctor’s office, or in the corner of a less populated restaurant, it will allow for the public to retrieve information without travelling from their every day route.
The New Museum definitely knows how to mix the art world with the technology world. I went to the museum with someone that is more into contemporary film, and the idea that you don’t need words to tell a story, and they found this museum to be absolutely amazing.
Nothing in this museum is what the older generation would truly consider art, so it is interesting to see how modern artists have broke the boundaries of the art world in order to tell a story in new and exciting ways.
If you are ever in New York City make sure to stop by the New Museum and see what is on display. I can confidently say that you will not be disappointed.