Week Ten: Oprah Winfrey Is the New Curator at the Palais de Tokyo

by Corinna Kirsch on January 14, 2014 Dream Exhibitions

A selection from today's "Dream Exhibition": Peter Coffin at the Bronx Zoo.

A selection from today’s “Dream Exhibition”: Peter Coffin at the Bronx Zoo.

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. Everyone’s invited, so dream a big dream, and send it our way (Corinna Kirsch, corinna@artfcity.com).

This week’s dream exhibitions brought to you by Joshua Weibley, Jessica MacCormack, Angela Washko, and Laura Swanson.

Joshua Weibley

Corporate Personhood:
The Bernadette Corporation, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, The Matthew Higgs Society, and the estate of Felix Gonzalez-Torres at Reena Spaulings.

A DJ Saved My Life:
Show at The Guggenheim of contemporary art featuring or related to vinyl records; installed along the museum’s winding ramp, viewers will act out the motion of a turntable spinning as they move through the show.

Selected works (among many others):
-Sharon Hayes: “Sarah H. Gordon’s Strike Journal, May 1970” and “Spoken Word DJ-ing” performance
-Christian Marclay’s collage works
-Jace Clayton’s work as DJ/Rupture
-Greg Allen’s Beastie Boys/Thomas Hirschhorn-emulating, Jeffrey Deitch-baiting piece “Untitled (After Mike D)” hanging from the central skylight.

No Work; All Play:
Peter Coffin at the Bronx Zoo.

New Directions in Curatorial Practices:
A re-printing of Danna Vajda’s 2009 zine. Headings include: “Lord of the Rings’ Gandalf as the new Curatorial Director at the Guggenheim,” “The Olson Twins as the double-headed curatorial team of the Whitney,” and “If Oprah Winfrey is the new curator at the Palais de Tokyo.”

So you can talk about chauvinism in net-art while you talk about chauvinism in net-art, dawg.

Jessica MacCormack

1. Everyone is let out of prison, everyone else is locked in museums and galleries.

2. The homeless rewrite the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

3. Creative corporate-types from Google are hired to curate/decorate the Guggenheim.

4. George W. Bush gives a TED Talk about his paintings.

5. Marina Abramovic’s new institute will be located at Guantanamo Bay (care of the Desearch Repartment).

6. Facebook reprogrammed by Ai Weiwei.

7. All museum security guards replaced by drone pilots.

8. For one year all military funding goes to the arts.

Angela Washko

#1: A massive museum retrospective of the brilliant work of Dara Greenwald (including all of her collaborations).

#2: An exhibition in which Eva and Franco Mattes steal and complete all of Nate Hill’s “art ideas” from his project “The 6 Train Louse” and the documentation of actions and resulting objects are presented without any association to Nate’s original project.

Laura Swanson

This is less of an idea for a specific exhibition and more about a dream for a spectacular visitor experience. “Masked Saturdays” would be one Saturday a month when museums and galleries would require all visitors to wear a costume or disguise that fully conceals their identity. I would love to be at the Met dressed as a welder and see beekeepers, grizzly bears, and ninjas walking around, looking at art.

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