mixed media, Dimensions Variable
Collaborative exhibition with students at Washington State University Pullman, Washington
February 25 - March 22, 2010
Who is really at the center of the artworld?
Does the aura of famous artworks still exist when remade by others?
What happens when young art students are tasked with refabricating famous artworks in the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art that they have never seen in person?
Made over the period of several weeks by myself and and dozens of WSU Pullman art students, this exhibition consists of fifty re-fabricated artworks “curated” from the permanent collection of New York MOMA. A fully handmade show, notMOMA attempts to bridge a gap in students' understandings of "high art" and invites them to access the works via their own do-it-yourself collective vision.
Whether considered copies, translations, or even mis-translations, all resulting works are unique expressions in their own right. As an illicit travelling exhibition “borrowed” from their collection, notMOMA creates a dialogue between WSU’s art department and an inaccessible, perhaps reluctant art institution located on the other side of the country.
All works (except for two) were made to actual size, using readily accessible and affordable/scavenged materials.