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I liked the New Museum.

September 19, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot about my general dislike of museums lately (probably because school has allowed me to run my big mouth about it a lot). I think my general reasons are fine, especially where it concerns objects which one cannot interact with properly. One thing I really DO enjoy when museums do properly–and this actually connects to the sort of public spaces I enjoy–is theatricality.

I went to the New Museum last Thursday and I have to give it up: the Museum rocks theatricality in a way I can dig. Narrow stairwells that feed into giant rooms (a very effective space manipulation trick), projections onto side buildings, an exhibit of books that you can handle (with white gloves!). I think photography generally not allowed, but below is a photograph of these ribbons taken from the entryway:

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strings at the New Museum

The ribbons have wishes on them that you can take and tie on to yourself. This gets a little away from museums and such, but I’d say this is fairly effective as an interactive activity, as you can see by the number of people there.

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