New Museum

One of my must do’s when I was in New York was to visit the New Museum, on the Bowery. I’d been reading about an exhibition that they had on called The Keeper and was very keen to see it. The exhibition is over now, but it’s a great museum and well worth a visit, their website is here.

Luckily we were staying not very far away so on a very hot day a sauntered down the Bowery to take a look. It’s an amazing building, which you don’t really get a sense of from the outside.

The exhibition was fascinating, inspiring and challenging, what more could you ask for.

This is how the museum described it:

“The Keeper” is an exhibition dedicated to the act of preserving objects, artworks, and images, and to the passions that inspire this undertaking. A reflection on the impulse to save both the most precious and the apparently valueless, it brings together a variety of imaginary museums, personal collections, and unusual assemblages, revealing the devotion with which artists, collectors, scholars, and hoarders have created sanctuaries for endangered images and artifacts. In surveying varied techniques of display, the exhibition also reflects on the function and responsibility of museums within multiple economies of desire.

And here are a few of my photos of the exhibition:

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I didn’t get who made these, but they are meant to be models of standard swiss buildings, they were really amazing.

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This from Roger Caillois’ collection of rare stones

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More of Roger Caillois’ collection of rare stones – loved these and they way they were presented

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A detail of a beautiful quilt – love the colours

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This was the biggest installation in the exhibition. A collection of 3000 photos of people with Teddy Bears, collected by Ydessa Hendeles. It was amazing and overwhelming and very intense.

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one of Arthur Bispo do Rosario’s sculptures that he made whilst interned in a psychiatric hospital in Rio. He believed he’d been chosen to represent God and was creating objects in preparation for Judgement day.

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Another one of Arthur Bispo do Rosario’s amazing sculptures.