MoMA’s new exhibit gives the feeling of being able to “control” the rain.
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Although rainy days may be the farthest thing from your mind during New York City’s sunny summer, you’re not going to want to miss Rain Room at the Museum of Modern Art.

Presented by Random International as part of the MoMA PS1 exhibition, EXPO 1: New York, Rain Room is an interactive, cutting edge art display that is truly impressive. MoMA PS1 is an affiliate of the original Museum of Modern Art, and is devoted to displaying the most experimental art in the world, rather than existing as a collecting institution. The organization actively pursues emerging artists and genres that exemplify what it means to push the boundaries of contemporary art, which is what makes Rain Room an exhibition that fits in fantastically with MoMA PS1’s mission.

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The new exhibit detects human presence.
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Rain Room is essentially a room of falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected, and “gives visitors the experience of controlling the rain,” according to MoMA. This is the largest and most ambitious experimental project from Random International, which often creates interactive works that rely on audience interaction.

The installation “invites visitors to explore the roles that science, technology, and human ingenuity can play in stabilizing our environment. Using digital technology, Rain Room creates a carefully choreographed downpour, simultaneously encouraging people to become performers on an unexpected stage and creating an intimate atmosphere of contemplation,” and making it one fantastic exhibit to explore this summer if you plan on visiting the Museum of Modern Art.

You can find Rain Room during regular museum hours in the lot directly adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art, which will host the installation through July 28th.  For more information about the exhibit, and what to expect when visiting, go to the MoMA website.