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Hell Yes!

30 Apr, 2009 McKell Naegle


I finally got to see the New Museum on the Bowery this past weekend. The Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s was chosen to have his installation “Hell, Yes!” on the exterior of the new building. His installation is meant to “encapsulate the philosophy of openness, fearlessness, and optimism that surrounds the New Museum’s reemergence in the contempory art community.”

The exhibit at the museum is called “Younger than Jesus,” the first edition of “The Generational,” the New Museum’s new signature triennial. Fifty artists from twenty-five countries will be presented. “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus” shows works being produced by a new generation of artists born after 1976. Known to demographers, marketers, sociologists, and pundits variously as the Millennials, Generation Y, iGeneration, and Generation Me, this age group has yet to be described in any way beyond their habits of consumption. “Younger Than Jesus” will begin to examine the visual culture this generation has created to date.

I found the exhibit very interesting, but the actual building is what stands out most. From the the Sky Room and balcony, you can see all over the Lower East Side. Inside, on the “LIVE ARCHIVE” timeline, an entire wall covered with bright colored papers listing historical and cultural events from 1976-2009, I saw things in my birth year of 1978 such as the Iran Revolution.

Check out the exhibit at the New Museum’s website www.newmuseum.org

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