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Arts & Entertainment
The Generational: Younger Than Jesus
By Mark Thompson & Robert Doyle
April 8 – June 14, 2009 
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When the mercury tops ninety, cool people head for some place cool—and one of the coolest of the cool places in Manhattan is the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s new home.  Designed by the Japanese firm, SANAA, the New Museum’s new building is downtown’s first art museum constructed from scratch—in this case a former parking lot on the Bowery.  As the architects put it, mildly understating the case, “The Bowery was very gritty when we first visited it.”  That was then, way back in 2002.  Now, as anyone who’s been paying attention in class knows, the Bowery is home to multi-million dollar condos (or at least they were yesterday…), with its own Whole Foods and a Ralph Lauren boutique right around the corner. Yet it’s the New Museum that has completely redefined the neighborhood.  Like a seven-story stack of slightly off-kilter silver building blocks, the New Museum glistens and gleams, beckoning to pedestrians on Prince Street with as much allure as the Emerald City held for Dorothy and her pals.  Hell, Yes reads the rainbow-colored sign splashed across the museum’s façade—an adage perfectly suited to the New Museum’s can-do spirit and let’s-put-on-a-show mentality.

With a mission statement as simple as New art, new ideas, the New Museum makes good on that premise with its latest exhibit The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, a collection of works from 50 artists from 25 countries all under the age of 33.  Perhaps an unconscious homage to the New Museum’s own age (the new building opened in December of 2007, coinciding with the New Museum’s thirtieth birthday), your first response to such an arbitrary line in the sand might be, Big deal. Younger than springtime, so who cares?  You should.  There’s fascinating work to witness—and not all of it videography, art’s latest flavor du jour.  Photography by LaToya Ruby Frazier, for example, is as gritty and real as the Bowery used to be, and Frazier taps into the documentary vein of her antecedents, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Carrie Mae Weems.

And once you’ve scaled the artistic heights, there’s the New Museum’s glorious seventh-floor Sky Room, with its wrap-around outdoor balcony— from which you can stand and wave at the pedestrians on Prince, and beckon to them like Glinda.