Some highlights from the New Museum
Now that there’s a chilly bite in the New York air, it’s time to slip into your best pair of Hudson jeans — maybe the cool straight legs with the leather border at the waist — and head to the New Museum to catch a show that has caught the attention of news hounds world wide, “The Last Newspaper.”
At the recent opening, life-sized Obama puppet men walked around the three floors in the exhibit and carried around stacks of old newspapers. The world class artists featured — including Mike Kelley, Rirkrit Travanja, and Robert Gober — interpret the news, disassembling it and reconstructing it, to play with its influence on human consciousness. Thomas Hirschhorn makes newsprint dresses and seeing violent headlines as part of the hem placed on a mannequin really speaks to how numb we must become to headlines to stay happy and fashionable. Artist Nate Lowman’s paintings of pop topics in the news — including Lindsay Lohan (seen above) and the movie “Avatar” really caught my eye, as did Rikrit’s “The Days of Our Society Are Numbered.”
Check it out,”The Last Museum,” until January 9, 2011, 235 Bowery.