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12/29/2009Provided by Citysearch -
For the pricce of the ticket I expected to see more pieces of art. Some floors contained only 5 pieces on the entire floor!! The main elevator was broken with people stuck in it during 30 min of our visit. They say no photography, but people were taking picturs often and they weren't saying much. The best part of the place is the view from the top, which is open on he weekend. You can walk around the outside of 3 of the sides of the museum. We went around the beginning of sunset and it was beautiful. There is a gift shop and a small snack stand.
New Museum's cutting-edge design, by SANNA-- an ultra-hip Japanese architectural firm--serves as a beacon for ""New Art and New Ideas"" on the Bowery. Great spot to check out the emerging contemporary arts scene on the Lower East Side. Artist Ugo Rondinone's, ""Hell, Yes!"" sign out front sets the tone for a great museum experience: a museum with a sense of humor, what a novel idea! Exhibitions of contemporary art are always adventurous!
In its new home on the Bowery, the New Museum of Contemporary Art is poised to reflect the changing landscape of the Lower East Side, boasting an amazing vantage point from which to observe the ever-evolving downtown arts scene---LITERALLY---as you look out on stunning views from the 7th Floor “Skyroom” and take in the hottest trends in contemporary art!
01/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
after all my friends told me the art was horrible, i thought maybe at least the cafe would be redeemable.
Not only was it filled with old people who had lost their ability to determine personal-space constraints, but they served us the wrong soup and a soggy sandwich. When asked why the tomato soup we ordered was brown, the guy behind the counter said ""oh we had the wrong menu up, that's bean soup"" and walked away without any apology or attempt to correct the situation.
bad food + bad service + uncomfortably close old people = never going back
I was extremely excited to check this new museum out- hoping that it would bring a sort of Berlin-esque feel to the downtown area- and shake things up a bit. I may just have been highly affected by the absolutely wretched decision to choose ""Unmonumental"" as their very first exhibit, but I felt like they owned up to their exhibition's title. The facade of the building is an exciting juxtaposition to the rest of Bowery- but then you go inside and the interior seems poorly planned. It's not obvious, other than elevators how to move from floor to floor. People were unknowingly trying stairwells that would set off fire alarms. The first floor we got off on, felt like the sidewalks of the Bowery on a sweltering, muggy summer day in New York- and the art LOOKED like you were on the sidewalks of the Bowery on a swelting, muggy, summer day in New York. Each floor we hoped for something new, or different, but it wasn't. Every floor was another underwhelming collection of almagamated pizza boxes, egg cartons, twigs and smelly sweaters. I did love the Mel Gibson/Braveheart animal pelt mashup with the mountain bike and 80's handbags though. That was worth a laugh. I do hope they tar and feather the poor sods that curated this thing, so that they can redeem themselves with something far more impactful next time.
As of today, the New Museum of Contemporary Art has been open for only 8 days, and I was quite excited to go see what it was all about. The building, from the outside, is exciting and very strangely beautiful - set right in the middle of the downtrodden ugliness of the Bowery. Inside, however, we were amazed how cramped and unfriendly the place is, once you get past the entrance. Very little natural light, a confusing layout - everybody was searching for the stairs to avoid the slow elevators, setting off the alarms when attempting to go down the wrong stairs.
I am happy that the exhibition will be rotating, because the current opening exhibition was unacceptably sloppy and boring. If you like sloppily laid-out garbage and collages of ugliness, then this might be the thing for you. I think the most disturbing thing was, that the theme was ""Unmonumental"", and in a strange way, the exhibition lived up to that name; everything was dull and did not engage you on any level. It seemed like the curator had been attracted to very lazy and uninspired 'local artists' that just threw random stuff together and plopped it on the floor. A piece best described as ""new white overturned lawn chair with yellow garden hose"" is a good example of this uninspired approach. The conversation in the endless elevator rides was not so much ""is this really art"" as ""I really want my $12 back"".