Swing Away

A new installation in the soaring venue of the Park Avenue Armory in NYC encourages visitors to return to the simple childhood glee of swinging. Artist Ann Hamilton’s “The Event of the Thread,” on view through January 6, includes a giant, billowing white curtain bisecting the space, its movement controlled by the action of swinging on 2-seater swings lining either side of it. The space also includes other little treasures of interaction – brown paper wrapped radio transmitters emit voices reading famous texts, read by actors sitting at tables in wooly capes.