New Museum Deposing Facade Rose; Chris Burden Sculpture Coming Soon

Posted on: August 1st, 2013 at 6:00 am by
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The New Museum is being deflowered, as it were.

Nearly three years after Isa Genzken installed her stoic rose on the facade of 235 Bowery, the two-story sculpture is coming down on August 24. Its successor is slated to arrive in the fall with the advent of the new Chris Burden exhibit, entitled “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures.”

At the New Museum, the exhibition will feature a selection of Burden’s work focused on marvels of engineering, such as buildings, vehicles, war machines, and bridges, consistently engaging with the representation of masculinity and the destructive potential latent in engineering pursuits. The Big Wheel(1979), a pivotal early work marking the artist’s transition from performance to sculpture, presents a six-thousand-pound cast-iron fly wheel that becomes activated by a motorcycle. When the motorcycle is accelerated at full throttle, the fly wheel spins to a maximum speed of two hundred rpm.

This installation – scheduled for October 2 – is to occupy all five floors of the museum, and include a few ambitious exterior add-ons. Two thirty-six-foot towers are planned for the rooftop, and will no doubt “alter the visual landscape of Lower Manhattan.” Complementing these sculptures is a thirty-foot double-ended “Ghost Ship” that will hang off the side of the building.

Burden’s exterior works will remain on display for one year as part of the ongoing Facade Sculpture Program.

As for the metallic rose – we hear it’s headed to MoMA where it will be on view in the Isa Genzken retrospective opening in November. But this has yet to be confirmed.

Remember the “Hell, Yes” signage?

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