The New Museum Debuts Collectors’ Dream Show, “The Keeper”

The Keeper|Dentaduras |Arthur Bispo do Rosario

The Keeper|Dentaduras |Arthur Bispo do Rosario

On Wednesday, the New Museum debuted, The Keeper, an exhibition dedicated to artist-collectors and quirky collections of all sorts. Carefully curated items fill the first four floors of the museum, featuring thousands of obscure objects, materials, photos and paintings; presented with obsessive aplomb.

Head curator Massimliano Gioni described the exhibit as a giant collaborative project that pays tribute to collectors and challenges the idea of ownership and value. “We ask what it means to hold on to something and what it means to lose something or someone,” said Gioni. “We ask what it means to care for an image and how and why we project emotions on certain objects.”

Among the varied collections are a series of famed novelist Vladimir Nabokov’s butterfly illustrations/classifications, 126 mixed-medium model houses discarded by Austrian insurance clerk Peter Fritz, and ancient artifacts from the National Museum of Beirut that survived a fire during the Lebanese Civil War.

Also featured in the collection is artist-collector Ydessa Hendeles’ Partners (The Teddy Project). Showcased as the centerpiece of the exhibit, Partners is an installation of 3,000 family-album photographs of people and their teddy bears. Some of the (now) antique teddy bears are on view, enclosed in glass cases alongside an image of the original owner.

The Keeper|Partners (The Teddy Bear Project by Ydessa Hendeles

The Keeper|Partners (The Teddy Bear Project by Ydessa Hendeles

The Keeper pays tribute to the individuals who were motivated to create and compulsively safeguard both fascinating and mundane objects. Of course, when deciding how to display collections, the curators themselves often take on the role of the artist.  Viewed as an overwhelming whole, the exhibition explores today’s ongoing dialogue around the questions of “outsider art” — “What is art?” and “What defines someone as an artist?”

The Keeper is on view through September 25th.

Sponsored Post: Ashok Jain Gallery To Host Opening For Two Exhibitions on April 2 From 6-8pm

"Fleeting" 2014 by Liz  Stubbs

“Fleeting” 2014 by Liz Stubbs

You are cordially invited to an opening reception for two exhibitions at the Ashok Jain Gallery on Thursday, April 2nd, from 6pm – 8pm. A photo exhibit in the main gallery features Robert A Scott, Marlene Luce Tremblay, Ekatherina S, Liz Stubbs, and Takafumi Suzuki.

A solo exhibition by Virgil Carrillo titled, ” Painted, then Crumpled,” will be featured in the second gallery.

Butas by Virgil Carrillo - 48" x 48" acrylic on canvas.

Butas by Virgil Carrillo – 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas.

The exhibitions run through April 26, 2015. The Ashok Jain Gallery is located at 58 Hester St. (bewteen Orchard & Ludlow).  Hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.


Lower East Side Galleries Host “Grand Opening Night” Tomorrow

The Bowery and the New Lower East Side" () , , 2008-2010 60" x 36" Oil on linen - by Loren Munk

For the first time, the galleries of the Lower East Side are hosting a fall season opener.  It will take place tomorrow, September 7th, from 6-8 p.m. More than 40 galleries are participating and we’ve heard about some neighborhood restaurants planning special events to coincide with the special autumn debut. Among the shows set to open on this night: Loren Munk’s “Location, Location, Location, Mapping the New York Art World,” at the Lesley Heller Workspace. Appropriately enough, the work you see above is titled, “The Bowery and the New Lower East Side.” See the full list of the galleries taking part after the jump.