The Matrix Is Everywhere

I go for the tactical photo op in Neon Box Head, a 2008 piece made of neon and mirrors by trippy installation duo Assume Vivid Astro Focus that’s in “Never Ever Ever Land,” a group show at Anna Kustera gallery. It’s one of a number of immersive installations in New York right now, including Ernesto Neto at Bonakdar, Hélio Oiticica at Lelong, Lucio Fontana at Gagosian, and, most spectacularly, Cloud City, Tomás Saraceno’s constellation of large, interconnected modules, opening this week on the roof of the Met.

This proves that it’s more important than ever to wear flat, comfortable shoes when you’re looking at art (unless you’re actually working in gallery, in which case black pumps are OK). The Met offers even stricter guidelines for potential climbers of Cloud City: besides warning that no one with leather soles will be admitted, it advises women to consider wearing pants, given the transparent nature of the artist’s massive modules.

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