Even though we are no long in NYC (and despite the fact that it is mercilessly cold there), a piece of me still misses the city. When it comes to culture, dining, and nightlife, you really cannot beat it! Although let’s face it, the only kind of nightlife that I’m getting these days is 1-2 hours sleep (if I’m lucky), interspersed with feeding, burping, and changing, but that’s a whole other story.
In the meantime, I’m here to let all you NYC-dwellers (and visitors) know that you have exactly FIVE MORE DAYS (until January 15, 2017) to see the Pipilotti Rist exhibit at the New Museum before it closes for good! Mamma was lucky to take BOTH her munchkins (plus her bestie and HER new bébé) to the museum during the last week of December, when Rockshic Baby #2 was just 2 weeks old! Tip for young shavers, it is always best to team up with one mamma whose kid is about the same age as yours, particularly during those early days when you can encourage each other to get out of the house and feel like a real person again. This sage advice was first passed down to me back in 2013 from a colleague of mine over coffee, when I was still preggars with Rockshic Baby #1, and it couldn’t have been more true.
Lucky for us, we only live a block away from the New Museum, so really, there was zero excuse to not have seen this amazing installation exhibit! It took place over three floors of the museum, and the interactive nature of it all is perfectly suited for the wee ones and their aesthetically-conscious grown-up chaperons.
My favorite were the lights on the third floor, a kaleidoscopic dreamscape that truly took my breath away. It made me think of a star-lit, cherry blossoms festival, with psychedelic magical powers… if such a thing existed. The fourth floor ain’t bad either, lots of comfy cushions and beds for you to lie down and admire the moving, ceiling art. Of course, my three year old toddler was busy switching beds and taking his shoes on and off. I think the highlight for him was that he got to jump on “all of the beds! Especially the HUGE one!!!”
Oh, and it’s also not a bad experience for sleep-deprived mommies such as ourselves, as your entire life is like one big blurry dreamscape anyhow at this stage. Just don't forget to fuel up with coffee... lucky for us there is the Hester Street cafe downstairs in the museum lobby, reminiscent of the Hester Street Fair, featured here!
So yes, as I said, please please please do go before it’s too late! Just be sure to purchase tickets on-line so you can skip the queue.
The good news is, if you do happen to miss this amazing New Museum exhibit, you can also catch a video by Pipilotti in Times Square every night this month at midnight. Though I assure you, this mamma will be asleep by then!