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This Store Too

This Store Too

When the New Museum of Contemporary Art purchased property to move in to the Lower Eastside of New York City in 2003, I was part of “Counter Culture” curated by Melanie Cohn; a public art exhibition meant to introduce the Museum to the neighborhood before it broke ground. Six artists in the exhibition were invited to select a neighboring institution or business to partner with in the creation of a new work. I chose to partner with the Bowery Mission – both a public soup kitchen and a shelter for men in rehabilitation. The men who lived in the Bowery building ran the public soup kitchen and cleaned and sustained the facilities.

In 2004 for the New Museum exhibition, I created a mobile pushcart /street store.  I referenced the Lower Eastside’s turn of the century immigrant and pushcart tradition and Claes Oldenburg’s 1960s project on the LES called The Store by calling my own project This Store Too. I invested the museum’s commission for my work in purchases and exchanges I made with men that I met through chapel services and lunch at the Bowery Mission for several months leading up to the opening of the museum exhibition.  I bought drawings, hair, sentences, poems; exchanged t-shirts, coconuts, needle and thread and silver eating utensils.  I altered everything into a saleable product; hair dreadlocks became boutenieres, poems got silkscreened onto salvaged bits of quilt; and memories and buttons became stitched cloth survival kits and hand printed rolls of toilet paper.  The Bowery Mission preaches core Christian values and that the re-habilitation of a person is financial, physical and spiritual.  Although I did not agree with other parts of their interpretation of Christianity, the three concepts of financial, physical and spiritual were deeply connected to how I saw myself as an artist and to my practice. 

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This Store Too

When the New Museum of Contemporary Art purchased property to move in to the Lower Eastside of New York City in 2003, I was part of “Counter Culture” curated by Melanie Cohn; a public art exhibition meant to introduce the Museum to the neighborhood before it broke ground. Six artists in the exhibition were invited to select a neighboring institution or business to partner with in the creation of a new work. I chose to partner with the Bowery Mission – both a public soup kitchen and a shelter for men in rehabilitation. The men who lived in the Bowery building ran the public soup kitchen and cleaned and sustained the facilities.

In 2004 for the New Museum exhibition, I created a mobile pushcart /street store.  I referenced the Lower Eastside’s turn of the century immigrant and pushcart tradition and Claes Oldenburg’s 1960s project on the LES called The Store by calling my own project This Store Too. I invested the museum’s commission for my work in purchases and exchanges I made with men that I met through chapel services and lunch at the Bowery Mission for several months leading up to the opening of the museum exhibition.  I bought drawings, hair, sentences, poems; exchanged t-shirts, coconuts, needle and thread and silver eating utensils.  I altered everything into a saleable product; hair dreadlocks became boutenieres, poems got silkscreened onto salvaged bits of quilt; and memories and buttons became stitched cloth survival kits and hand printed rolls of toilet paper.  The Bowery Mission preaches core Christian values and that the re-habilitation of a person is financial, physical and spiritual.  Although I did not agree with other parts of their interpretation of Christianity, the three concepts of financial, physical and spiritual were deeply connected to how I saw myself as an artist and to my practice. 

This Store Too
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tstumbrella.jpg
6.+%22When+you+sleep+on+the+streets...%22.jpg
ThisStoreTooScarves+copy.jpg
this-store-too.jpg
4.+Counter+Culture.jpg
ThisStoreToo.jpg