I went to the New Museum today to catch the last day of Rivane Neuenschwander's A Day Like Any Other. I was especially interested in seeing I Wish Your Wish, in which hundreds of ribbons with wishes printed on them are hanging from the gallery walls. From the New Museum website:
At the church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil the faithful tie silk ribbons to their wrists and to the gates of the church, and, according to tradition, their wishes are granted when the ribbons wear away and fall off. For Neuenschwander’s installation I Wish Your Wish at the New Museum, hundreds of similar ribbons will be printed with visitors’ wishes from past projects, and will hang from the gallery walls. Visitors will be invited to remove a ribbon, tie it to their wrist, and replace it with a new wish written on a slip of paper, continuing the project that keeps generating new ribbons and dreams.
I loved the idea of leaving a wish behind and taking on someone else's wish and helping it come true. There were several wishes that I could so directly relate to... I tried to imagine who had written it, and silently hoped that they would get their wish. One read "I wish to have the strength to divorce my husband". I winced when I read it... once upon a time I had to muster my courage and resolve to leave an unhappy marriage. Another read "I wish for a wonderful new apartment and amazing friends to share it with". I had that same wish last year. Here's the one I took to tie around my wrist:
The New Museum's Sky Room has a really great panoramic view. I took a ton of photos... it was a beautiful day today in NYC.
I couldn't pick which photos of the view to share with you, so I made an album:
I also took some photos for a series called escape that I'm working on:
The New Museum is open daily; the Sky Room is open weekends. For hours and visitor info, check out their website. Admission is $12.