On Tuesday, New York City-based Jewish Museum launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $30,000 for its upcoming art exhibition, Take Me (I’m Yours). Set to open on September 16th, the exhibit will feature art by 40 artists that work in various media industries including sculpture, paper, installation, performance and digital media. The museum wants every visitor of the exhibit to enjoy the artwork and even take home a piece of the collection.
“In 1995 at the Serpentine Galleries in London, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and artist Christian Boltanski brought together 12 artists to explore concepts of value and participation in contemporary art. Over 20 years later, Take Me (I’m Yours) at the Jewish Museum has expanded the roster of artists with new commissions specific to New York City. In the first U.S. presentation of the exhibition, organized by Jewish Museum curators Jens Hoffmann and Kelly Taxter, themes of giving and community will be reanimated in the context of a Jewish cultural institution.”
The museum noted on average 10,000 of each artwork will be produced for visitors to take home. This will include temporary tattoos from Lawrence Weiner, air dispensers by Yoko Ono, and pill capsules by Carsten Höller. It was also revealed that the organization would have to produce at least 400,000 pieces to ensure visitors can participate in the exhibit. Other exhibition artists include aaajiao, Kelly Akashi, Uri Aran, Dana Awartani, Cara Benedetto, Christian Boltanski, Andrea Bowers, James Lee Byars, Luis Camnitzer, Ian Cheng, Heman Chong, Maria Eichhorn, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Claire Fontaine, Andrea Fraser, General Sisters, Gilbert & George, Félix González-Torres, Matthew Harrison, and Yngve Holen.
The organization added:
“Take Me (I’m Yours) at the Jewish Museum embraces the idea that an artwork takes on new meaning depending on who owns the work and how they interact with it. Themes of community, giving, and sharing are especially suited to the democratic ideas of Take Me (I’m Yours). Through Kickstarter, we hope to extend the ideas of giving and sharing to anyone in the world. Back this campaign and help the Jewish Museum make art available to anyone who comes to the exhibition.”
Those who back the project will receive various rewards such as red leather bookmarks from feminist wrist Amalia Ulman, Rirkrit Tiravanija’s “Freedom Cannot Be Simulated” on T-shirts, Take Me (I’m Yours) totes, keychains, and limited edition Höller print Bottle of Pill Capsules from Pill Clock Project. The campaign is set to close on September 8th.
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