Adventures in the Pixel Forest

We try to take advantage of living in NYC as much as possible and that means frequenting cultural institutions, events and of course the museums. There is always something to see and do here. One of our most recent trips was to the New Museum to see the Pixel Forest Exhibition, by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist.

Rist is a pioneer of video art and multimedia installations. Her installations fuse the natural world with the technological world creating a dreamlike experience. She also shows how video technology has changed over her career. We saw dazzling displays of digital imagery projected on the floors and walls and ceilings…and an amazing forest of dangling LED lights that the kids LOVED. There is one space where you lay on beds and stare up at two large screens that feel like being under water. The kids were in complete awe, as were Jason and I.

It is so important to expose my children to all types of art…from the more traditional paintings and sculptures we get to see on display at the Met or contemporary pieces at the MoMa…but also immersive installations throughout the city that make us see how our world can be interpreted through art.

Visiting museums and experiencing art is essential to our lives. I have become so much more appreciative of what this city has to offer us and I find every installation or exhibition we view to be inspiring on so many levels. And when we leave my children are invigorated and I can see them look at the world in a whole new way…their creativity is alive and boundless.

The Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest retrospective will be on view at the New Museum until January 15, 2017 and it is definitely a must see!

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