Jewish Museum Launches Kickstarter for Unconventional Fall Show

Still from the Jewish Museum’s Kickstarter video

August is here, and with it the annual surge of fall exhibition announcements. However, at least one announcement is slightly different this year. Today, the Jewish Museum announced “Take Me (I’m Yours),” a group show of 40 artists, set to open September 16. What differentiates this show is that all the work included will be available to be taken away by visitors.

“Take Me (I’m Yours),” is a recreation of a show first mounted in 1995 at the Serpentine Gallery in London, curated by Serpantine artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist and artist Christian Boltanski. It featured 12 artists, all of whom created work that was available to be taken home by gallery goers.

The 2016 iteration at the Jewish Museum was also curated by Obrist, as well as the museum’s assistant curator Kelly Taxter, and Jens Hoffmann, who recently stepped down from his role as deputy director to become the director of special exhibitions and public programs. The exhibition will feature new, exhibition-specific work from Uri Aran, Christian Boltanski, Andrea Bowers, Andrea Fraser, General Sisters, Gilbert & George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Carsten Höller, Jonathan Horowitz, Alison Knowles, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jonas Mekas, Rivane Neuenschwander, Yoko Ono, Rachel Rose, Martha Rosler, Tino Sehgal, Haim Steinbach, Amalia Ulman, and Lawrence Weiner, among many others

The museum estimates that 10,000 of each work will be produced—roughly 400,000 objects in total. To accommodate for the extra $30,000 in production expenses needed to make these works, the Jewish museum has launched a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter.

Lawrence Weiner, "NAU EM I ART BILONG YUMI (The art of today belongs to us)," 1988-2016. Exhibition view of "Take Me (I’m Yours)" at Monnaie de Paris, September 16 - November 8, 2015. Artwork © Lawrence Weiner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photograph by Marc Domage.

Lawrence Weiner, “NAU EM I ART BILONG YUMI (The art of today belongs to us),” 1988-2016. Exhibition view of “Take Me (I’m Yours)” at Monnaie de Paris, September 16 – November 8, 2015. Artwork © Lawrence Weiner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photograph by Marc Domage.

In addition to the mementos available in the exhibition itself, the fundraising Kickstarter campaign is plentiful with artist-designed rewards.

For a $10 donation, you receive a “Take Me (I’m Yours)” keychain. For $25, you get a red leather bookmark created by artist Amalia Ulman, which reads, “They say I’m hard to read.” For $40 you receive a t-shirt designed by Rirkrit Tiravanija. For $75, you get a custom postcard inscribed to you by Obrist and mailed your house. For $150, you’d have your choice of a limited edition print by either Carsten Höller or Jonathan Horowitz. And so on, all the way up to private, after-hours tour of the museum by Jens Hoffmann and Kelly Taxter.

You can donate to the Jewish Museum’s “Take Me (I’m Yours)” Kickstarter campaign here.

— Taylor Dafoe (@tddafoe)