When art installations get bored
May 27, 2011 2:33 AM Subscribe
Looking for an article about artists living in a New York museum as installation.
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Sometime probably between 2000-2005 give or take a bit, I read a long feature piece about a group of artists who were basically given a big room in a museum to live in for an extended period–a few weeks, I think–to do whatever they wanted. This was in New York, but not Manhattan; I'm leaning toward Brooklyn or Queens. An underlying detail was that the museum was somewhat neglected, allowing the artists to get away with the stuff below. Not in the sense that the place was falling apart, just not very popular or well-visited. (This may no longer be the case. I mention because I have a nagging feeling it was PS1.)
It started out with them just doing stuff in the assigned room, but after a while they decided to start testing their boundaries in various ways, resulting in more elaborate and invasive stunts. Some of them actually burrowed through a wall to create a little secret room they didn't tell everyone in the group about. Then they started messing with other exhibits to see if anyone would notice they'd added stuff, for example. I also kinda remember something being done on the roof.
As for where the piece appeared, there's a strong chance it was either the New Yorker(duh), Atlantic, or Harper's; definitely in print, anyway. Does this sound familiar to anyone?