Public Things, 2000.

New York

Living Inside the Grid

New Museum
235 Bowery
February 28–June 15, 2003

Is there any setting more appropriate than Manhattan for a look at how artists newly enchanted by the intersection of their own practice and that of the urban planner are reconsidering that ubiquitous modernist template, the grid? This exhibition, organized by senior curator Dan Cameron, ropes in painting, sculpture, video, digital work, and newly commissioned installations by twenty-three international artists, including Paul Noble, Tomoko Takahashi, Danica Phelps, the Danish collective N55, and the late Mark Lombardi. The grid has long been symbolic shorthand for both the possibilities and the restrictions of new technology. Cameron’s show plots our shifting coordinates within it—and suggests some alternative routes.