So, Jenny and I went to the Park Avenue Armory yesterday and went swinging. We read about it in the New York Times.
I highly recommend it.
Not only because its been a very long time since I did any serious swinging, but there is something incredibly cool about swinging in the middle of Manhattan.
It’s an exhibit by Anne Hamilton and is open through the first week of January. The official description includes the following….
Visual artist Ann Hamilton combines the ephemeral presence of time with the material tactility for which she is best known to create a new large-scale installation for the Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Commissioned by the Armory, the event of a thread references the building’s architecture, as well as the individual encounters and congregational gatherings that have animated its rich social history. A multisensory affair, the work draws together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invite visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself, illuminating the experience of the singular and collective body.
The unofficial description includes walking into an enormous room divided by a is a diaphonous white, silk curtain. On each side of the curtain are about 15 double wide swings, lit from above by spotlights. When you’re lucky enough to find a free swing, you jump on and realize that as you swing, an intricate network of ropes moves the curtain up and down and around based on how you and the other 60 swings are moving.
Then there are the people who are lying directly below the curtain.
So, of course, we had to try that. Totally cool.
It’s a great way to get away from the crowds in midtown and have fun!