Thursday nights are free nights at New Museum. I went there on Thursday but it was too crowded. So I decided to visit again on Friday. They were showing Ostalgia, a survey of the art produced in and about the former communist European states. Sharing a similar but slightly different theme of new art from central and eastern Europe is the Power Plant's current exhibition Rearview Mirror in Toronto. I visited PP just before coming to New York. So inevitably I have to compare the two shows. I must say that I have enjoyed the NM show much better than PP's. There are a few artists showing at Ostalgia that I intrinsically like. Too bad photography was not allowed. So I cannot show you.
Friday nights are free nights at Whitney Museum. I went to see one of their featured shows - Cory Arcangel's Pro Tools. When I was in Berlin last month, I saw another Arcangel exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof. In fact, the two shows carry Arcangel's works from the same series. So it's just like seeing the same show again - this time at a larger scale. Arcangel has been exploring the interplay of digital technologies, internet culture and art in various media. All his exhibited works here have incorporated the use of technological tools - either newly innovated or obsolete.
Arcangel at Whitney, New York 2011:
*Hello World is the title of a series of Arcangel's pen-plotter drawings shown at both exhibitions.