Hundreds of wishes line the gallery wall on the first floor of the New Museum, printed on colored ribbons. They say things like “I Wish I Knew What Was To Be Done” or “I Wish It Was Benign” or “I Wish To Love And Be Love In Big Cities.” They’re part of A Day Like Any Other, the current exhibit by Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander. In the wish installation, visitors are asked to leave a wish on a piece of paper in place of the ribbon wish and then tie it around their wrist. When it falls off, the wish should come true.
It’s a really interesting and engaging exhibit. Upstairs, a police sketch artist is drawing people’s first loves from their descriptions. You can see the resulting portraits, as well as the artist in action. I especially liked the gallery that had water buckets hanging from the ceiling, each with a hole in the bottom dripping into another bucket, so that there was a sound like rain in the museum.
A Day Like Any Other is definitely the best show I’ve seen at the New Museum. We even stopped by again on another day for new wishes.