Holiday miracles abound!
It’s not just the Metropolitan Museum of Art that is toasting the end of the year with special viewing hours. The New Museum is also mixing up its schedule, cracking open its doors today and tomorrow, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (It is normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.)
The Financial Times just posted its profile of Carsten Höller, timed to coincide with the opening of the artist’s installation, Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes, at Rome’s Macro art museum. The article is called “Just Höller” and there are some great moments in it.
First of all, he spends the first portion of the interview wandering around the gallery where his piece is installed. A publicist, who refuses to go and fetch him, tells the writer Mr. Höller is “not hugely media-friendly.” No kidding.
Artistically Transmitted Diseases
That sensory deprivation tank at Carsten Höller’s “Experience” exhibition at the New Museum–the one that really awakens the latent mysophobia that we often deeply repress while living in New York and having to take the subway everyday–continues to make us feel all icky.
It’s 11 in the morning and visitors to Carsten Höller’s new exhibition, “Experience,” are emerging one by one down the shoot of a 102-foot-long slide. The structure itself, which bores through two concrete floors of the museum, looks like nothing so much as the pneumatic mailing ducts from the movie Brazil, long snakes of stainless-steel segments. The sliders’ feet are wrapped in canvas blankets, their arms are crossed over their chests. They board on the fourth floor; you can see them shoot by on the third floor through the slide’s transparent upper shell. The expressions on their faces are ecstatic. They land with whoops and thuds on a mattress on the second floor.