Remember when we had a perfumer create a scent based on the city’s smelliest block, which happened to be Broome between Eldridge and Allen? Well the New Museum, located just a few blocks away from that ignominious locale, is now offering up its own “visceral olfactory reminder” of the neighborhood. More →
(Photo: Courtesy of Chris Ofili/Afroco and David Zwirner, New York)
Way before there was Banksy and Bloomberg, there was Ofili and Giuliani.
Remember the artist who whipped Rudy into a lather with his painting, in the Brooklyn Museum’s infamous “Sensation” exhibit, of a black Virgin Mary surrounded by many a vagina, with a breast made from elephant dung? Well, New Museum does! At a presser this morning, the museum’s director of exhibitions, Massimiliano Gioni, announced that next October, they’ll stage English-Trinidadian provocateur Chris Ofili‘s first major solo museum exhibition in the U.S. More →
The Chris Burden retrospective, “Extreme Measures,” opens at the New Museum tomorrow, but for foodies, today’s opening might just be more exciting: Hester Street Fair opened its cafe in the museum’s lobby, and our friends at Hester sent us the above shots. Click through to check out the 2-foot-tall gingerbread reproduction of the New Museum created by Krystina Holak, baker at Cafe Grumpy. It’s just about the sweetest thing we’ve seen since that Game of Thrones cake. Even if it doesn’t include Chris Burden’s sailboat. More →
The corner of Bowery and Houston is about to become the cornucopia of Bowery and Houston.Just steps from the Whole Foods that hosts Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg, the Flea’s Manhattan counterpart, the Hester Street Fair, is teaming up with the New Museum to open the Hester Street Cafe. More →
Southerners have their Civil War reenactments but what do East Villagers have when it comes to reliving their defining battle? Just the annual Tompkins Square Park Riot reunion shows. But this year, on the 25th anniversary of that tumultuous night when cops went gonzo on a group protesting the park curfew (resulting in over 100 complaints of brutality), they’re getting much, much more. More →
Tomorrow night at 365 Grand Street, a new gallery will bloom in the basement of Essex Flowers — one that harks back to the Lower East Side’s “scrappier days,” according to Gallerist. The kickoff, at 5 p.m., features the work of nine local artists in their early 30s who will curate subsequent shows at the space (which has a very minimalist website).
For more of this week’s openings and closings, see the B + B art calendar, or have a look at the highlights below. More →