Sunday, June 14, 2015


Mmuseumm, a non-profit museum operating in a 36-square-foot storefront space that was once a freight elevator in an alleyway in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City, is the brainchild of Alex Kalman, and Josh and Ben Safdie. The museum website's mission statement says, "Mmuseumm is a modern natural history museum devoted to the curation and exhibition of contemporary artifacts that illustrate the complexities of the modern world."

The current exhibition entitled "Season 4" features fifteen different mini-collections of objects ranging from "Objects removed from people's bodies," to children's toys abandoned in sand boxes, to "Stranger Visions" by artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg in which she uses DNA from discarded chewing gum and cigarette butts from strangers she has never met to create 3D printed masks of faces based on extrapolations from the DNA of what they could look like.

Past exhibits include Objects Made by Prisoners or for Prisoners, Polaroid Backings from the collection of Andy Spade, Children's Disney Bullet Proof Backpacks, and Peep Show Coins from the collection of Baron Von Fancy!

They have opened an annex, Mmuseumm 2, a few doors down. The current exhibition in this 20 square foot space is "Sara Berman's Closet" by famed artist and illustrator Maira Kalman. The installation is a full-scale replica of the closet that belonged to Kalman's late mother, Sara Berman with clothing and shoes in shades of white.

If you are in Manhattan, take a trek down to Tribeca. The Mmuseumm is open weekends from noon to six. Suggested donation: a mere $5.

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