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Editorial

We’re Crazy About The Met’s New “PsychoBarn” Installation

Credit: Hyla Skopitz / The Photograph Studio
Credit: Hyla Skopitz / The Photograph Studio

If there’s anything more iconic than the themetune to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (we know you can hear it now–you’re welcome), it’s the Bates Motel and mansion  where the film’s horrors unfolded. So what if we told you you could visit for the day? Don’t worry, this isn’t the start to your own personal horror movie; we’re 85% sure Norman Bates isn’t actually in this replica of the Psycho house hiding ready to…well, yknow. Cue the music.

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Credit: Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times

It’s this iconic 1960 movie that inspired British artist Cornelia Parker to design “Transitional Object: (PsychoBarn)”, an installation based on  Psycho’s mansion with influences from Edward Hopper’s paintings, which has been constructed on the roof of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The structure isn’t quite a full house, instead made up of two facades and lots of scaffolding, but we’re sure it still has the same desired effect, and has the  Geek Girl Riot seal of approval. Go see for yourself–the installation is open to view on the Iris and B Gerald Cantor Roof Garden until October 31st.

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