Amid the many paintings by British artist Chris Ofili currently on view at the New Museum in New York is this amusing, visceral little sculpture tucked away in a small stairwell nook. The piece is titled “Shithead” and is made from the artist’s hair, teeth and elephant dung. (Shit, literally.) The artwork is part of an imposing career-survey exhibition of Ofili’s work called “Night and Day.”
A declarative fashion-edict cliche “Minskirts are Back” is painted in a cartoonish, woodsy typeface on this storefront roller shutter on the Bowery south of Delancey in New York’s Lower East Side. This is one of many street art pieces on storefront shutters along the Bowery commissioned as part of a local art project started by the new Museum of Contemporary Art a few years ago.
Pulino’s on the Bowery is our downtown go-to weekend spot for Italian-style brunches in New York City. The food and atmosphere are great. And its location at the corner of Bowery and Houston streets means it’s in a prime spot for taking a break during our usual weekly art circuit and close to the action. The Deitch Wall is across the street. The New Museum is a block away, as is Rag & Bone, Banksy’s recent “Grim Reaper” installation, and a few other often-changing commissioned street art spaces. A dozen or so of the nearly 100 galleries now in the Lower East Side are two or three minutes away on foot. Like so many restaurants these days, Pulinos delivers its check to your table with a postcard, which we love.
Here’s another of the new New York City-themed “Big Apple” Space Invader street art mosaics by pioneering French street artist Invader. This one is at the New Museum on the Bowery and is one of several that have popped up in downtown New York City, mostly in the Lower East Side, the past few days while the artist is in town for the screening of his new film “Art4Space.
We’ve been following the work of artist Chris Burden for a long time. We’re fans. Especially of some of his recent installation artwork like “Urban Light” LACMA and “Metropolis II” in Los Angeles, which we’ve posted about before. Burden has a new show at the New Museum in New York called “Extreme Measures,” and we’ve already gone to check it out a few times to re-experience the work (and have some photographic fun, too). The work pictured here is titled “1 Tone Crane Truck,” which is literally what you see.
Last weekend Global Graphica paid a visit to a new design exhibition at the New Museum’s Studio 231. The show is titled “Adhocracy” and we can’t recommend it enough. It’s a fascinating survey of the work of designers, architects, hackers, makers, artists, technologists and programmers around the globe who are redefining design and how things are made and used. These practitioners are working either independently or collaboratively, in academia or within commercial or corporate organizations, and sometimes illegally, as part of a DIY underground of people who fix public infrastructure that local governments neglect. It’s also a look at how sustainability, re-use and recycling, open-source systems, life-hacking and the economics of design are being addressed. Among the highlights is a working 3D body scanner called “Be Your Own Souvenir” that feeds data to a 3D printer to make a resin model of a person, and a short film documenting a group who secretly broke into the Pantheon in Paris at night, where they staged film events, built their own secret members lounge, and fixed the broken clock atop the historic building, which hadn’t chimed in four decades.
Photo credit: New Museum
The view out the window from the seventh floor Sky Room of the New Museum in New York City. This photo was taken on a recent snowy day and shows the Lower Manhattan skyline in the distance and the rooftops and tenements of the Lower East Side and Nolita in the foreground. The tallest building is the nearly completed 1 World Trade Center building, or “Freedom Tower,” built at the site of the Twin Towers that were destroyed on 9/11.