Lured by a tweet from the New Museum, promising me that I could paint on their walls, I donned my work-in-progress doodle dress and descended upon the Fourth Floor gallery for Pawel Althamer's Draftsmen's Congress. Initially a blank, white space, the room invites museum-goers to make their mark with provided supplies including paint, pastels, paper, and pencils. It was almost more fun to walk around the room (and explore the teepee!) inspecting others' graffiti, but, of course, we had to make our own masterpiece as well. I always consider it a good day when a museum guard signs my dress.
With a focus on collaboration and social & political networks, Polish artist Althamer's work allows him to occupy various roles: teacher, organizer, activist. As a part of the exhibition (which also includes the haunting Venetians), Althamer arranged for a street band to play within the museum, and has also coordinated a coat drive through the Bowery Mission. I highly recommend bringing everyone you know to this show, which encompasses beauty, interaction, politics, and social commentary in an engaging and edifying experience.
Dress: DIY (signed by some of my favorite graffiti writers and friends) See the last time I wore it, at 5 Pointz.
Blouse & Boots: Joe Fresh
Scarf: Vintage / handmade
Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors is on view at the New Museum on the Bowery in NYC through 4/13.
Photos of me by Maureen Nacy; other photos by me.