Get Blown Away (Or Not) At The New Museum’s Exhibit “Here And Elsewhere”


{totally love this dishtowel hanging in the gift shop…says it all;-)}

As Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum, the New Museum is known for being THE destination for new art and new ideas.  And on top of that, the museum features the work of living artists, which we at UYC think it pretty awesome.

{Sidenote: I’ll be very clear here…if contemporary art is not your jam (read: kinda kooky, kinda off-the-wall installations sometime covered with glitter…ahem, below), then by all means, you’ll want to head uptown to take in more of the classics, if you get my drift.  However, if you can get down with hip and new and sometimes a little craycray, while appreciating that yes, some of it looks like things you constructed in your 4th grade art class, then by all means, go, go, GO!}


I attended the preview for their newest exhibit “Here and Elsewhere” last week, which is the first museum-wide exhibition in NYC to feature contemporary art from and about the Arab world.  I dug the name, which references the words of Edward Said: “new critical attitudes toward art and images encourage us to look elsewhere in order to understand our here.”

The exhibit will be on display until September 28th.  Here are a few snapshots of my favorite exhibition pieces:

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Let’s talk contemporary art…do you dig it, or not your jam?  Share in the comments below!

WHERE: New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, New York
TICKETS: $16, but Thursday evenings from 7-9pm pay-what-you-wish



By: Jessica Tiare Bowen





  • Debbie says:

    I do like some contemporary art, but some just looks like junk. Either way, I’d love to visit this gallery and New York City in general.

    • Used York City says:

      Haha yeah it’s amazing the amount of stuff I would NOT display in my own house, but it’s interesting to see what the curators pick for the exhibits and to try to see if through their lens.

  • Heather says:

    Yeah, I think I’m missing some sort of creative gene because I really don’t get today’s modern art. But Picasso and Matisse were pretty craycray for their day and I love their stuff now. So I guess ask me again in 50 years 🙂
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    • Used York City says:

      That is a really great comparison, Heather! And for me, there’s something about installation art that’s hard to wrap my head around…!

  • I like all kinds of art, so this is a place I’d definitely want to visit in NYC. I especially like that last piece – is it a chandelier? I love seeing works by artists who think outside of the box. I was just telling Jave that I really want to start investing in art.
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    • Used York City says:

      It is hanging from the ceiling, so yes, technically a HUGE chandelier! Minus the lights!;-)

      Investing in art is also something I’ve been thinking more of as I get older…My grandma recently gave me a charcoal drawing that’s been hanging in her living room for forever, so I’m really excited that it’s my first “real” piece of art!:-)

  • My family seems to be mostly confused by contemporary art. I think this is because my middle schoolers are required to take Art in school and keep thinking “How did I get marked down on shading, but this piece ended up in a museum?” However, if it gets so craycray that it’s fun, then bring it on. I think the one with the fan is my favorite. I also think they should start piping in aromas into each gallery just to supersize the experience.
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    • Used York City says:

      Ohhh I love the aroma idea, Michele! Brilliant! Maybe this could be your next creative project?!:-)

  • Mike says:

    Oh absolutely sign me up for contemporary art, Jess! Kooky is right my alley ha, ha! This sounds like a blast. Btw…you and your awesome humor enjoyed having us readers all turn our heads to the left to read that header pic of the dish towel, didn’t you? Good post as always! 🙂
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  • Maria Falvey says:

    Love every inch of this Jess – Thanks for bringing it to the #Arctic or I’d have not seen it. Wonderful to get eye-candy that makes me scratch my head, chuckle and sit dumbfounded. 😀
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  • Tamara says:

    I don’t want tomatoes thrown at me, but I generally don’t dig it! Is that bad??
    However, these are fun. I think I like the ones my kids and I can look at together and think, “Hmm..”
    It’s the ones that would give them or me nightmares.. not as much.
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    • Used York City says:

      Haha TOTALLY not bad! It’s honestly just as amusing to watch the expressions on people’s faces as they try to figure out #whatdoesitallmean?!;-)

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