New Museum to Host George Condo Costume Contest With Naked On The Vague

This month’s “Get Weird” experimental jam session at the New Museum on Thursday will include a George Condo costume contest, accompanied by the Australian psychedelic band Naked On The Vague.  Dress up as your favorite Condo painting and win a special prize package including a copy of the exhibition catalogue autographed by George Condo, a New Museum Membership and a Naked On The Vague T-shirt. Costumes will be judged by Massimiliano Gioni, Director of Exhibitions for the New Museum.

New Museum to Offer Free Shuttle Service During Armory Arts Week

The Galleries on the Lower East Side should be bustling this weekend as the Armory Show kicks in to full gear. The New Museum is offering free shuttle service between the show and the museum this weekend.  Shuttles will depart hourly from 1-6pm on Friday, March 4th – Sunday, March 6th, at 235 Bowery.

Also in conjunction with Armory Arts Week, the Lower East Side BID will be leading free gallery tours, departing from the New Museum’s lobby on the hour, between noon and 3pm on Sunday, March 6.

George Condo’s “Mental States” Come to the New Museum

Jesus, 2002. Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in (91.4 x 91.4 cm). Collection Nancy and Robert Magoon.

We stopped by the New Museum’s latest show, “George Condo: Mental States,” yesterday.  The exhibit, which opens today, is the first major American survey of Condo’s work, comprised of over 80 paintings and sculptures created throughout the last thirty years.  It takes up the third and fourth floor of the museum and is definitely worth going to see.

Clearly, Condo has officially crossed over in to the “main stream.” There were a lot of questions about Kanye West (Condo was commissioned to make five paintings for the cover of Kanye West’s album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) and everyone wanted to know if P. Diddy and Beyonce would be coming to the opening night party. 

Superstar Playwright Brings Work in Progress to NuMu

Burgeoning experimental playwright and director Young Jean Lee will present four performances of her latest work in progress, UNTITLED FEMINIST MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGY SHOW (UFMTS), at the New Museum this weekend as part of the RE:NEW RE:PLAY Performance Residency Series. Lee started off the month-long residency with, A Proposition With Young Jean Lee:A Collaboration With the Audience, in November and these performances culminate the process. 

Kickstarter – In Conversation at the New Museum

Founded in 2009, Kickstarter has quickly exploded in to the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Founders Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler will be in conversation at the New Museum on Saturday, discussing this “new form of patronage and commerce,” and what it means to the art world, with artists who have successfully used Kickstarter to complete their projects. $8, free for members // 3pm // New Museum Theater // 235 Bowery.

Weekend Guide

Along with our Weekend Music Picks, an interesting “Time/Store” opening, “Five ‘Til (solo) at Dixon Place and Howard Fishman at Abrons, here are a few more events worth checking out on the Lower East Side this weekend:

Jumanji via (playing at the midnight movie at the Sunshine this weekend)

  • StoryCorps will be leading a workshop for families at The New Museum this Saturday titled, “The Last Newspaper: Share Your Story.”  StoryCorps staff will help you have a conversation with members of your family or close friends by asking, “Tell me about your life.” 

Weekend Guide

There’s plenty to do this Halloween Weekend.  Along with our Halloween Guide, our Weekend Music Picks and the last weekend of the season for the Hester Street Fair, here are a few more special events you might want to check out:

From Warner Brothers 25 anniversary release of Poltergeist - playing this weekend at the Sunshine.

  • Stop by the Midnight Movie at the Sunshine for some classic horror on the  big screen.  Director Tobe Hooper (the original Texas Chainsaw Masacre) and co-producer/writer Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist is showing this weekend. “They’re here.” $9.99 // Fri. and Sat. at midnight // 143 E. Houston Street.

New Museum to Install 28-Ft Rose in Place of “Hell Yes”

"Rose II" by Isa Genzken at Art Basel 2008 (via - coming to the New Museum Nov. 2010

The New Museum has announced it’s replacement for the “Hell Yes” sculpture by Ugo Rondinone that has donned the facade of the building since it’s opening in 2007.  “Rose II,” a twenty-eight foot tall stainless steel and aluminum rose designed by German artist Isa Genzken, will be installed on the facade beginning tomorrow.  The piece will be Isa Genzken’s first public sculpture in New York and is scheduled to be fully installed by the end of November.

New Museum Tackles News With “The Last Newspaper”

The New Museum is teaming up with a slew of journalism organizations, writers, artists and organizations to produce their latest exhibit, The Last Newspaper, which opens Wednesday. The exhibit will focus on the way artists respond to various forms of news.  They write:

The exhibition will animate the Museum with signature artworks and a constant flow of information-gathering and processing undertaken by organizations and artist groups that have been invited to inhabit offices within the museum’s galleries.

Gysin’s Ghost: Poetry Marathon at The New Museum

The New Museum will be hosting a big poetry “get-together” in a marathon tribute to Brion Gysin (in connection with their current exhibit, Brion Gysin: Dream Machine) on Saturday in their panoramic Sky Room. Three generations of poets will participate in a daylong poetry reading.

New Museum Hosts Post Cards to Arizona

Artists Benj Gerdes and Jennifer Hayshida are continuing their “Postcards to AZ” project at the New Museum today.  Per their Facebook page, NuMu invites you to stop by the lobby and “write a postcard to our neighbors in AZ affected by the implementation of SB 1070.” Completed postcards will be sent to a network of community-based organizations in Arizona. The project was among the activities at The New Muesum’s Block Party 2010, this past weekend.

This Week’s Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this week:

The New Familiars - Photo by Adam Hanjos

THE NEW FAMILIARS – Friday, July 23 at 11:30pm

The New Familiars come from the cradle of foot stomping twang, North Carolina.

International Children’s Film Festival Comes to New Museum

The New Museum is currently hosting REDCAT’s International Children’s Film Festival, offering “the best and brightest in international children’s cinema with an extravaganza of films from more than twenty-three countries.” They write: Take a celluloid carpet ride around the globe to see films that are inspiring, magical, one-of-a-kind—and definitely not available on DVD.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in Conversation about Brion Gysin at New Museum

As part of the New Museum’s current exhibit, “Brion Gysin: Dream Machine,” artist and performer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will be discussing Gysin’s work and the influence it had on him/her, tomorrow night in the museum’s theater. The museum’s notes read:

Founder of the bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge was also a friend and an acolyte of Brion Gysin. P-Orridge met Gysin in the 1970s, and was deeply influenced by him, and particularly his Cut-Up Method.

New Museum Opens Brion Gysin Retrospective: Dream Machine

Bryon Gysin with Dreamachine at Musée des Art Décoratifs, Paris, 1962. © Harold Chapman/Topham/The Image Works

The New Museum is presenting the first US retrospective of the work of the painter, performer, poet, and writer Brion Gysin.  Gysin came to prominence in the late 1950s when he lived and worked at the infamous Beat Hotel in Paris and was a close friend and collaborator of William S. Burroughs.