Nate Hill: Best Art Show of 2011
Date: TUESDAY, MARCH 1ST 2011 – THURSDAY, MARCH 31ST 2011
Venue: Variable locations
If you follow Nate Hill’s Twitter account, you will end up receiving updates about the whereabouts of his daily performances, like Punch Me Panda, where he dresses up as a furry, wide-eyed panda who asks people to hit him. Don’t worry, he won’t punch back; he just wants you to release your fury on an outlandish man-in-costume. The gallery-less exhibition takes place at a different locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn every day of March; however, Hill will sometimes make house calls for those urgent situations when you need to take out your frustrations on a panda at 9 AM. His other two dress-up personas are sometimes just as cute, disturbing, and awkward: Death Bear and an unnamed dolphin character that offers Free Bouncy Rides. I can’t say that I would enjoy sitting on a stranger’s lap, but millions of other people enjoy doing it around Christmastime with a big, fat stranger in a red suit. More than likely, Hill’s show won’t live up to its poncy title, but he’s better (and taller) than any other subway performer and more amusing than a lot of endurance-based performance art.