An exhibition examining how museums and cultural institutions, fueled through private funding, have adopted a system and tradition of celebrating donors to the extent that every single public space (physical or digital; temporary or permanent) can eventually be named.
“No Shame: Storefront for Sale,” with Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Jesse Hlebo, Christine Hill, Interboro Partners, item idem, Playlab+Family, Luis Urculo, & SOFTlab.
Tuesday 04/30–Thursday 06/06
opening reception: Tuesday, 04/30
7.00pm / Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
New York, New York 10012
Contemporary funding strategies for public spaces of cultural production are increasing and diversifying. Within this condition, cultural institutions, funded primarily through individual or corporate giving, have established a complex relationship with donors and funders that sustain and make possible the projects at the core of their mission. In some cases, the entrepreneurial nature of donors has produced a new branded landscape with agendas, objects, or even named buildings that might go beyond the institution’s initial goals. By crowdsourcing artists for new connections between capital and culture, No Shame: Storefront for Sale creates a space that investigates new experimental ways to exchange capital and culture, where every corner of Storefront—from office chairs to the air between its panels to the noise of a 5pm Friday traffic jam—is for Sale.
No Shame: Storefront for Sale is an exhibition that guides visitors through a critical history of funding for cultural production, and imagines a scenario of total commodification. The exhibition presents a photographic survey of privately funded spaces within New York cultural institutions along the work of 8 artists, architects and designers, including Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (Urtzi Grau+Cristina Goberna), Jesse Hlebo, Christine Hill, Interboro Partners, item idem, Playlab+Family, Luis Urculo, Softlab, invited to envision a critical commercial campaign of Storefront’s assets. Each project presents a new taxonomy of valuable aspects the institution holds or represents in relation to the city and the citizen, unveiling untapped forms of connection between capital and culture production. The show will experiment with how individuals, companies, collectives, or nations can fund and acquire different aspects of the non-for profit institution.