At the age of 16, he left home in search of adventure.
His travels led him to Kansas City where he landed a job writing obituaries for The Kansas City Times.
The objects in this installation are taken from the collections of Scott Hef Photograph by Bob Greenspan Needless to say, the exhibition was immense fun.
The organizer(s) had been given an all-access pass to cut across the departmental boundaries of the great museum (boundaries that traditionally were inhospitable to cross), and they had been allowed to pick and chose the whimsical, the curious and the truly bizarre and, furthermore, to juxtapose them with utter disregard for chronology, geography, or any other known methodology for subdividing human knowledge.
Now, Mark Dion, an artist I admire and whose work I have written about before, has created a similar installation at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts called “The Curator’s Room.” There is a description of Dion’s project on the MIA website (you’ll have to scroll down a bit to find his name), but there is an excellent review with photographs at the Art News website.
For Minneapolis, Dion has created a fictitious curator whose perfectly preserved office was uncovered during a renovation.
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He continued his travels becoming a renowned explorer and adventurer.
The objects in display in that exhibition were (for the most part) truly from the museum’s collection, but the collectors were fake.