Dan about town

Big hit at the New Museum


Do current politics make you want to punch something? Then head over to the New Museum, where the usually drab education centre on the fifth floor has been remodelled with a Ringside-brand punching bag, courtesy of the artist A.K. Burns and tied to her excellent show, Shabby but Thriving. “The Resource Center is just that,” she says in an email. “In considering what resources we might need at this critical political juncture, I felt we don’t just need things that feed our mind but also our body. And when bodies are under stress it’s perfectly natural to want to hit something, to release aggression or to want to scream—hence the padded wall and the heavy bag alongside texts about the body and trauma.” Tampons are also available, in metal boxes that usually carry ammunition.