When Juliet says, “Mommy I love going on adventures with you!” She is referring to our little mommy and me field trips where I take her to new and exciting NYC spaces offering arts and culture. Here, we explored an immersive gallery experience at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery on 521 W 21st st. The moment you first view this colorful, web like art structure, curiosity takes over and you can’t wait to get close-up to Ernesto Neto’s work.
Titled, “The Serpent Gave Birth To Humanity”, was made up of finger-knitted weaves that evoked the image of an “infinite serpent.”
It welcomed touch which was so perfect for a toddler with curious hands.
As you crawled through openings, and slithered through curvy tunnels, it was hard not to appreciate that you were in a special place.
There was also a round, canopied structure, that created a tent-like fort where Juliet found instruments to play with like a guitar and the drum set below. She even danced to the music made by others!
It was very apparent that the artist considered the energy, sounds and movements made by the inhabitants part of his ever-moving art. We had so much fun exploring the space, its textures, and its wonders that we hardly realized that an hour had passed! It’s a great spot to come with kids, or just to sit, relax and reflect on its padded yellow floors.
This solo exhibition is on view from October 29 through December 17, 2016 and is free and open to the public. We hope that you too will be able to experience this vibrant, immersive experience!
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