Three Color-Fueled Pop-Up Exhibits in NYC: Part 3: Dream Machine

In 2017, Yayoi Kusama’s NYC exhibition, Festival of Life, sparked an Instagram frenzy. Her utopia of polka-dotted rooms and infinity mirrors provided perfect photo backdrops, proven by the endless barrage of Insta-selfies. This year, there’s a flood of interactive pop-up exhibits, all of which seem to speak to our collective need to not only document our lives, but to actively seek out (and pay for) interesting backdrops in which to do so. 

In this series of posts, I’ll feature three current NYC exhibits I’ve visited recently: Color Factory, Candytopia, and Dream Machine. 

Dream Machine

I really loved the concept of this exhibit. The galleries were designed to remind people of the common dreams we all share, and by dreams they mean the thoughts, images, and sensations that occur while we’re sleeping (rather than our hopes and aspirations). However, the three exhibitions in this series, this was clearly not much more than a photo backdrop. Color Factory and Candytopia were that too, but both went beyond that and dug into more creative territory. That said, it was still a fun, quick trip in surrealism.

Dreaming of bubbles could mean you’re feeling out of control, like things are slipping away from you

That feeling of floating in infinite space

Dreaming of hallways could mean there’s a change coming up in your life. Hallways = Transitional spaces.

surreal hallway lit up with fluorescent blue, pink, and green lights.

Is this real or am I dreaming?

selfie with me in overexposed bright pink light

About 12 percent, in fact. And only those who grew up watching black-and-white television.

a sign on a wall that says, Did you know some people only dram in black and white?

Dream Machine
93 N. 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Admission: $38

Through September 9, 2018

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