A brand new immersive expertise opening in Battery Park Metropolis this month will allow you to see the world by means of Van Gogh’s eyes.
The touring exhibition, Van Gogh: The Immersive Expertise, has tickets accessible for dates beginning tomorrow at Skylight on Vesey at 300 Vesey St. (It’s simply across the nook from the Brookfield Place ferry terminal.) Earlier than its official opening, we stopped by the exhibition house to get a primary have a look at the trippy, art-inspired expertise.
The immersive facet of the present begins as quickly as you enter the house as you climb a number of stairways lined with 3-D sunflowers and Van Gogh portraits. On the high of the stairwell, you stroll into the principle exhibition house with hovering, two-story-tall ceilings and contemplative, orchestral music enjoying.
The primary a part of a go to (your entire expertise takes about an hour) takes you thru darkish galleries that really feel much like your customary touring exhibition. Informative textual content gives particulars on the artist’s life and samples of his work are exhibited to illustrate varied durations and fixations. Just a few particularly placing parts of this portion of the expertise embrace three-dimensional fashions of well-known interiors featured in his work (corresponding to his bed room in Arles) and a fascinating projection overlaying a number of examples of his work of vases.
From there, you stroll into the centerpiece of the exhibition: a 20,000-square-foot mild and sound spectacle that includes artistic projections impressed by Van Gogh’s life and work. Along with the painter’s expertise and genius, the immersive demonstration doesn’t shrink back from exploring darker features of his life, together with his ongoing struggles with psychological sickness. Because of this, not solely do you end up inside a few of his basic work (as you may anticipate) but additionally on the middle of extra interpretative audio-visual environments, like an anxiety-provoking courtyard filled with lighting, rain and multiplying archways.
The final two areas of the expertise have extra hands-on, interactive parts. In an particularly kid-friendly space, coloring pages and crayons let guests create their very own artworks after which scan them to be displayed on a large, illuminated wall. For an additional price of $5, company may also participate in a ten-minute digital actuality journey by means of “A day within the lifetime of the Artist.” The VR journey takes out on a relaxing stroll with the artist as you encounter a number of the real-life sources of inspiration behind his well-known works.
General, the brand new exhibition would make for a solidly entertaining and academic outing for households in addition to an attention-grabbing date exercise. Tickets at the moment are accessible for the exhibition which is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am–9pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9am–10pm.