Beat the Winter Blues and post-Valentine’s Day chocolate highs with that special someone at the trendy New Museum. Get cozy on Thursday Date Night with your long-time love—or that cute new flame—while satisfying your cultured core viewing the first U.S. exhibition of Polish installation artist—Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors. Be artsy—and thrifty—during this chic art museum’s free hours from 7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
Begin the evening warming hearts over frothy lattes at the fashionable Hester Street Café in the lobby. Catch up over coffee and delectable bite-sized sweets while listening to Althamer’s rotating line-up of local musicians belting instrumental notes of contemporary hits. Whispering sweet sentiments over a harpist’s romantic Cold Play serenade will surely win after-hours gold stars.
After satiating the musical soul, take the elevator to the 4th floor and work your way down to view Althamer’s carefully curated retrospect which spans the artist’s 30-year career. First stop is a New Museum debut of Althamer’s site-specific Draftsmen’s Congress—an interactive project which asks viewers to paint and draw over the usually stark-white museum walls. Put on an artist’s smock and tap into your inner Picasso while impressing your sweetheart with creative colored chalk designs.
Althamer takes movie-night to the next level in his surreal 2nd floor installation Venetians where a zombie drove of figural sculptures hauntingly inhabit darkened corridors. Weave through the labyrinth of disjointed bodies while watching Althamer’s videos So-Called Waves and Other Phenomena of the Mind which document the artist as he ingests various drugs to explore the depths of his own mind—nothing says romance like watching a non-fiction Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
After viewing Pawel Althamer’s experiential—and eerie—exhibition the night is still young. Check out the local fare SoHo has to offer and end this artful evening with a delectable night-cap.
If you go:
“Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors” through May 13, 2014
Wednesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.