What To Do This Weekend (11-18-10)

In Art, Rich, What To Do This Weekend on November 18, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

The “Free” Exhibit at the New Museum



While my initial inclination was to suggest seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I decided that the majority of the people interested enough in doing so that they would read about it already have tickets for the midnight showing tonight.  Myself included.

Instead I suggest checking out the “Free” Exhibit at the New Museum in the Bowery section of the Lower East Side this weekend.  “Free” uses different artistic mediums to explore how the internet has changed our concept of public spaces as well as how we relate to each other socially.

The project description says it best:

““Free” explores how the internet has fundamentally changed our landscape of information and our notion of public space. Today, our shared space has expanded beyond streets and schools to more distributed forms of collectivity. What constitutes this expanded public is not only greater social connectedness but a highly visual, hybrid commons of information.”

This exhibit is at once a history lesson, art exhibit and prediction for our society’s future.  You can go for a casual afternoon and check out some beautiful work, but you will undoubtedly leave contemplating how life has changed over the past 100 years, and how far it will go in the next 100.

Trust me, I advocate checking out Deathly Hallows, as I said I’m going tonight at midnight.  However, when you return from the Battle of Hogwarts, make the trip into the Bowery to check out this exhibit and get a fascinating dose of realism.

But still, do this as well…

– Rich





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