Herbert Pfostl, the New Museum Store’s curator and book buyer, has rounded up his best titles of 2013 (see his full list here). What’s on your list?
Joshua Edwards, our Director of Exhibitions Management, discusses the installation of Chris Burden’s Three Arch Dry Stack Bridge, 1/4 Scale (2013) here.
“Picture City Body” (2013) is a newly commissioned work by artist Rheim Alkadhi. The project manifests as an evolving inventory that records quotidian aspects of life in Beirut. Presented as part of “First Look: New Art Online.”
From artist-made products to hard-to-find books, the New Museum Store’s holiday gift guide has something for every art lover on your list!
If you’re flown south this week, you can also check us out at the Miami Project’s pop-up holiday shop. Click here to pick up a complimentary ticket.
News from our press office: Julia Kaganskiy has been appointed Director of our new incubator for art, technology, and design! Read the full announcement here.
CRONUTS™ ARE COMING! This Thursday December 5, the folks at our Hester Street Café (bless their hearts) will be offering a “Cronut™ and cup of Instelligentsia Coffee special.” Details here.
The Cronut: Believe the Hype
Dominique Ansel Bakery, NYC
This past May, chef Dominique Ansel debuted the Cronut—a half doughnut, half croissant. Immediately, weird shit started happening. Hoping to get one before they sold out, people lined up at 6 a.m. A Cronut black market arose on Craigslist, forcing Ansel to institute a two- Cronuts-per-customer limit. His pastry hybrid has left a wake of knockoffs and a lot of chefs muttering, “Why didn’t I think of that?” It all sounds ludicrous, until you get a bite of the airy, buttery layers injected with silky cream, all of it sheathed in a sugary, crackling shell. Then you get in line.
Our 2013 Holiday Gift Membership is here! This set of three air fresheners (street meat, coffee, and laundromat-scented) means the Bowery is only a sniff away. Each set comes with a year-long Membership to the New Museum, and makes a perfect gift for the art lover on your list.
Felix González-Torres was born 56 years ago today. Two works by the artist were included in “NYC 1993”:
Untitled (Couple), 1993
Lightbulbs, porcelain light sockets, and extension cords
Collection Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Winter
Collection Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin
Diggin’ Paweł Athamer’s giant lounging “Buddha” for @performanyc on the Williamsburg waterfront.
We dig it too.
Opening in February 2014, the New Museum will present the first US museum exhibition of the work of Paweł Althamer.
Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn need your help with the Favela Painting Project!
Working together with local residents, the duo provides opportunities for Brazilian community members to transform their own neighborhood and create public artworks in Rio de Janeiro. Haas&Hahn’s newest artistic endeavor is to take their idea to the next level and paint an entire favela in the city.
Learn more and donate to their Kickstarter campaign here.
Read an interview with the architects and the New Museum’s Deputy Director, Karen Wong.
The New Museum: Goodbye Rose, Hello Ghost Ship
This past weekend, we deinstalled Rose II by Isa Genzken to make room for Chris Burden’s Ghost Ship (2005), a thirty-foot double-ended vessel originally designed to sail a four-hundred-mile unmanned voyage on the North Sea.
“Chris Burden: Extreme Measures" will be on view on October 2.
Marc Rosenblatt’s Perceptions 1 & 2 is a perfect example of how dialogues between artists and technicians influence the technical decisions that are made during an appointment at the ”XFR STN.” Perceptions is a short video, recorded on 3/4” U-matic tape, of a photograph being removed (or was it stolen?) from a gallery. The video alternates between different points of view, from clear scenes to security footage, and as it progresses, the viewer is given cause to question who or what they are watching.
Moving image technicians often naturally attempt to correct for issues such as dropout, or other evidence of lost content. Dropout is the loss of image or information from various causes such as dust or debris on the tape or in the deck, or tape deterioration and degradation. It is visually identified as white or black lines across the screen. In the case of Perceptions, Rosenblatt intentionally exploited the natural aesthetic of analog security footage, which was of low quality and prone to blurred fuzziness and video dropout.
Production knowledge allows technicians to properly diagnose issues should they occur, and I believed Rosenblatt’s tapes were in good condition. If I had attempted to adjust the tape or playback deck to account for dropout during the transfer from analog to digital, I could have dramatically altered the entire piece! Understanding Rosenblatt’s aesthetic choices during production ultimately allowed for a straightforward transfer with little to no adjustments to the original work.
—Kristin McDonough, “XFR STN” Technician
Image: Marc Rosenblatt, Perceptions 1 & 2, 1986 (still). 3/4” U-matic tape, 9:22 min
Three early videos by Mitch Corber, performance artist and cable TV pioneer, have been digitally preserved as part of “XFR STN.” The works Juan in New York (1980), Original Wonder (1980), and Apartheid Aside (1986), are now available to view and share on the Internet Archive.
Corber’s works were originally shot on film, transferred to video, and distributed on VHS by the Monday/Wednesday/Friday Video Club, a distribution project directed by Alan W. Moore and Michael Carter from 1986–2000.
Image: Mitch Corber, Apartheid Aside, 1986 (still). Captured from the Internet Archive at archive.org. Courtesy the artist
Make an appointment at the “XFR STN,” by visiting xfrstn.newmuseum.org. “XFR STN” is on view through September 8, 2013.