November 9, 2011
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There's a slide ready to be ridden in the New Museum. It's part of Carsten Höller's career survey Experience(through January 15), and it's only one element of a show that takes every device from a traveling carnival except the concession stands.
I don't have any problem with this as an exhibition concept—I like fun—but it doesn't leave me with much to write about it. Experience is more about emptying your mind than it is about contemplating a specific philosophical question, so the kinds of conversations the show tends to inspire will more often revolve around the work than delve into its meaning.