Pa, the horses got out of the barn again, and danged if they don’t appear to have passed through the Museum of Natural History on their way to Grand Central.
The otherworldly beasts are occupying the famed New York City transit hub’s Vanderbilt Hall this week as Heard NYC, a collaboration between artist Nick Cave and Creative Time, which commissions work for presentation in public spaces. For his latest feat, Cave took his Soundsuits—wearable sculptures with an organic sonic component—in a direction both equine and ethnographic. Sixty dancers from the Ailey School bring the herd of thirty to life, stamping raffia-sheathed legs and tossing black heads augmented with festive Rajasthani embroidery. Their twice daily performances occur during off-peak hours. Chance interactions with midday travelers are one thing, but an unscripted encounter with an exhausted commuter rushing for the Metro North bar car? That’s a horse of a different color, my friend.
They’ve a far better likelihood of crossing paths with your average, unsuspecting Joe than actress Tilda Swinton, a‑slumber in her glass coffin at the nearby Museum of Modern Art (see below), but as of yet, the monsters are not viewed as constituting a major security threat.