Just in case you haven’t had the chance to take part in the irresistible fun of Carsten Höller’s three-story slide that cuts through the Bowery boxes’ main galleries, the New Museum announced yesterday that it will keep Experience‘s second and fourth floor open an additional week. So if you get in line now, you’ll probably get to go down the slide before January 22.
On the surface of it, this isn’t all that surprising: lately many New York museums (the Guggenheim and Met, for instance) have been adding as many extra days and hours as their schedules will allow to popular exhibitions to maximize their blockbuster admission-getting.
But what’s potentially really fun in this case in a behind-the-scenes sort of way is that while the second and fourth floors of the NuMu remain open an additional week, staff will be dismounting the first and third floor portions of Höller’s exhibition and prepping those areas for the upcoming Triennial, curatorial grunt-work of which visitors will get a glimpse as they shuttle through the third floor on the slide. If you’ve ever wondered how you take a sensory deprivation pool apart, this is your chance to find out—but don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
The second and fourth floors of Experience will remain open through January 22, and its first and third floor portions will close on January 15.