The artistic men’s room at the art museum

When I visited the New Museum back in October, I went to see the exhibitions of Jordan Casteel (below left) and Peter Saul (below right). But I had a surprise when I went down to the basement to use the men’s room …

Jordan Casteel and Peter Saul at the New Museum
Jordan Casteel (left) and Peter Saul (right) paintings at the New Museum in NYC

Check out this elaborate tile work in the men’s room! As you can see from the wall label at left, it’s the “Jerome L. and Ellen Stern Restrooms” at the New Museum. Naming rights for a bathroom … that’s interesting and new to me. A little research shows this occurred as part of the museum’s fundraising capital campaign back in 2007, when they were redesigning and upgrading the museum. These bathroom tile designs were the creation of Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA, and according to this article, was named “America’s Best Restroom!”

tile art in the men's room at the New Museum in NYC
The Jerome L. and Ellen Stern Restrooms at the New Museum
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