Currently on view at the New Museum is the mid-career retrospective “A Day Like Any Other” by Rivane Neuenschwander. The show which features some of Neuenshwander’s most well know works like I Wish Your Wish (2003) that have been recreated for this exhibition.
I Wish Your Wish (2003) originally was installed in 2003 and the participants were asked to take a ribbon with a wish and then asked to replace the ribbon with another wish that they had handwritten on paper. The new incarnation of this project features 60 wishes from the viewers of the past project. The piece echoes of fears and hopes and the viewer finds themselves asking are they both? The piece is a rainbow of dreams filled tension. Like the previous piece Neunshwander is asking for the same interaction from her viewers and to become a part of the work.
The other pieces in the show ask for similar interaction between the artist and viewer. Conversations (2010) and homage to a Francis Ford Copola film explores privacy invasion and the white noise we often ignore. The piece is a bugged exhibition space and the viewer hears the sounds of the gallery space. You hear the white noise…the conversations, or sweet nothings.
In “A Day Like Any Other,” the viewer will be pleasantly surprised with the interaction and engagement they will experience while viewing Nuenschwander’s works. The artist has successfully created a dance between the public and each of her works creating an enchanting thought provoking experience.