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Opening Reception: “Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery” and “Haroon Mirza: Preoccupied Waveforms”

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Join the artists and curators for the private previews of exhibitions “Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969–1989” and “Haroon Mirza” before they open to the public on September 19.

“Come Closer,” presented on the Fifth Floor, is an exhibition that takes the Bowery as subject, site, and center for creative ingenuity in the 1970s and 1980s. Drawing upon the New Museum’s Bowery Artist Tribute archive and the online archive of Marc H. Miller, 98bowery.com, this exhibition features original artwork, ephemera, and performance documentation by over fifteen artists who lived and worked on or near the Bowery in New York.

London-based Haroon Mirza (b. 1977) uses simple industrial materials to radi- cally transform the perceptual experience of architectural space. Over the past ten years, Mirza has deployed a range of both analog and digital devices to create dynamic compositions of sound and light. Mirza will use LED lights, video, and re- mixed samples of music and sounds to dissolve and reconstruct the New Museum’s Studio 231 space. This exhibition is the fourth in a series of new projects by young international artists in the New Museum’s annex space and is Mirza’s first solo show in New York.

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