Just about every part of Nathalie Djurberg’s new installation, The Parade, seems dependent on drudging up some childhood phobia of varying rationality. From birds of prey to just plain torture, it’s all there along with a decidedly threatening soundtrack by Hans Berg, in case you somehow still mistook this for a sunny romp at the zoo. Djurberg will transform the New Museum’s Studio 231 space into a nightmarish aviary with 80 monstrous neon bird sculptures, while her stop-animated films compare primal human urges to animal behavior with all her signature grotesquerie. The Swedish artist sticks to basic materials—including canvas, clay, paper, and wire—adding all the more to the whole “demented second-grader’s art-class project” feel. See the dark recesses of the human psyche confronted in a flock of papier-mâché and never look at another Rankin/Bass Christmas special the same way again.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. Starts: May 2. Continues through Aug. 26, 2012