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Ostalgia @ The New Museum

While New York’s beautiful, box-life, multi-tiered New Museum struts its rep as “Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum,” the current group show, Ostalgia, is themed with a bit of a throwback. The exhibit refers to a very specific “sense of longing and nostalgia for the era before the collapse of the Communist Bloc,” grouping works in all media by 50 artists from 20 countries across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics. This banner by Andrei Monastyrski reads: “I do not complain about anything and I almost like it here, although I have never been here before and know nothing about this place.” Ah, stoic ambivalence.