Tuesday, June 09, 2009

FRANKLIN AVENUE IN NEW YORK: Anthropodino exhibit

It's hard to describe artist Ernesto Neto's "Antrhropodino," now on display at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan's Upper East Side. But here goes.

Inspired by the Park Avenue Armory's massive Wade Thompson Drill Hall, Neto created an interactive spectacle. Using tons of stretchy fabric, he's created an intricate series of tunnels for visitors to walk through, as well as various nooks and crannies for the young (and young at heart) to bounce around in. Then there's those massive “fabric stalactites” that descend 60 feet from the ceiling, holding a wide variety of spices.

OK, I told you it wouldn't be easy to explain. But it was one of the highlights of our New York trip, and was extremely kid-friendly (the Blogger Preschooler had a blast). The Park Avenue Armory itself is a sight: Called “the single most important collection of 19th century interiors to survive intact in one building” by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the building is well-preserved -- and the Drill Hall has been neglected to the point that it's now actually a perfect spot to house art exhibits like "Anthropodino."

Here are a few pics:

And also, a video from WNYC radio on the exhibit:

If you're in NYC or heading there soon, I recommend it highly. But time's running out: "Anthropodino" runs until June 14.

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., New York 10065
Anthropodino hours: Tuesday through Friday: 12pm – 8pm; Saturday through Monday: 12pm – 6pm.
Anthropodino admission: General, $10; Seniors/Students, $8; 18 and under, free.

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