Onlookers Watch Art Transfer at Museum
JOHN YDSTIE, Host:
NPR's Ilya Marritz was there to watch them load in the art.
ILYA MARRITZ: When the New Museum was started in 1977, the founders wanted to only show art that was totally new. There would be no permanent collection; all the artists would be living, dynamic, edgy. The concept was great, but the execution had problems: No space was ever right, there were too many columns to display the sculptures, or not enough room for the video art. And so, it's come to this - a building that looks like a stack of six, white cake boxes wedged between an industrial kitchen supply shop and a shelter for homeless men. It doesn't quite fit in with the neighborhood, but the New Museum is making itself at home.
HENRY GARRETS: Yeah, well, we're getting our last crate, I believe, at 5 o'clock.
MARRITZ: That's exhibitions manager Henry Garrets(ph). He and the registrar Sherry Zola(ph) are waiting in the lobby for a sculpture to arrive by truck from Kennedy Airport.
GARRETS: And that should be it, right?
SHERRY ZOLA: I was going to say that looks like the truck.
GARRETS: Josh, we have our artwork, so can you...
MARRITZ: Is this the truck?
GARRETS: This is the truck.
MARRITZ: Sherry Zola, the registrar, goes to meet the delivery men and inspect the crates.
ZOLA: Unidentified Man: Hi.
ZOLA: Unidentified Man: These.
ZOLA: Unidentified Man: Two.
MARRITZ: Which piece is this?
ZOLA: Focal Shukrashekra(ph).
GARRETS: Focal Scholar which is a scarecrow(ph).
MARRITZ: Scarecrow, yeah.
GARRETS: You termed it(ph).
MARRITZ: Unidentified Man: We need another dolly.
GARRETS: Can we have another dolly down here?
MARRITZ: Unidentified Man: Ready, one, two, three.
MARRITZ: When the crates come off the dolly, their work is complete.
ZOLA: That was the last delivery for this exhibition.
MARRITZ: These guys will be back in a few months moving the artworks out.
ZOLA: So, that's the last one.
GARRETS: That's (unintelligible).
MARRITZ: For NPR News, I'm Ilya Marritz. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.