Week Four: Dennis Rodman at the Folk Art Museum

by Corinna Kirsch on November 26, 2013 Dream Exhibitions

Richard Dial, "The Comfort of Moses and the Ten Commandments, "  1988. From the collection of the American Folk Art Museum.

Richard Dial, “The Comfort of Moses and the Ten Commandments, ” 1988. From the collection of the American Folk Art Museum.

Dream Exhibitions is a new weekly series that asks artists, writers, curators, and other creative types what as-yet unrealized exhibition they’d like to see. Each week, we publish three to five new submissions. Everyone’s invited, so dream a big dream, and send it our way (Corinna Kirsch, corinna@artfcity.com).

This week’s dream exhibitions want to reinvent the museum, all with the help of a pyramid, Dennis Rodman, and a skateboard.

Katie Stout, furniture designer

I want to stack all of the mummies at the Met into a pyramid. But I read on a Kids Q&A PDF that the Met only as thirteen mummies. Therefore two statues will be borrowed from the Greek and Roman collection.


I think the rest of the museum will be covered in toilet paper as an homage to the mummies. For the duration of the show the gift shop will only be selling toothpaste.

Elvia Wilk, writer, editor, and researcher

I’d ask someone else to curate my dream exhibition for me. Ideas:

– Dennis Rodman curates an exhibition of outsider art at the American Folk Art Museum.

– Sandra Bullock and George Clooney curate a 0-gravity exhibition for the International Space Station which includes over 100 portraits of them drawn by their biggest fans.

– Graham Harman curates the next Cirque du Soleil tour, “Cirque d’Objets.”

– Raimundas Malasauskas curates Thanksgiving at my parents’ house!

– Banksy curates an exhibition titled “Post-Internet” at East Side Gallery (Berlin).

– Kenneth Goldsmith curates the exhibition version of his book Seven American Deaths and Disasters at the Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History (GBMAH).

– Malcolm Gladwell guest curates all my social-media channels for a year.

Michelle Kasprzcak, founder of curating.info

Something just came to me in a flash. I would like to see Cornelius Gurlitt‘s collection, recently recovered from over 50 years of being hidden in his Munich apartment, in the museum with the highest visitor numbers in the world, the Louvre. After the show at the Louvre, I’d like the whole collection auctioned off and proceeds divided between the surviving heirs of the original owners and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Perpetual Fund.

Kyle Petreycik, artist and writer

I would like to ride a skateboard down the Guggenheim’s rotunda. It’s always been a fantasy of mine, and I’m completely serious. I’ve always had trouble properly experiencing artworks while simultaneously trudging up the museum’s giant ramp; upon doing some research it seems as though I’m not alone in this sentiment.

Much to my surprise, I found an early James Stevenson illustration of a skate-able Guggenheim. It had originally appeared in the New Yorker sometime in 1976.

What I’m thinking about is far more than a cartoon, rather a one-time-only performance in which the audience would remain seated within the ground floor atrium as I descend from the museum’s top floor perched atop a skateboard. I’m predicting that this action may last anywhere from 45 seconds to a minute; that is, assuming I don’t lose my balance during the descent.

Think about is a youth influenced version of Tino Sehgal’s “Progress” but with a bit of a cheeky extreme sports flair.

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