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"Pictures, Patents, Monkeys, and More...On Collecting"
2001-08-12 until 2001-10-21
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
USA United States of America
What do you collect - Have you ever wondered why so many of us have a passion for accumulating objects - PICTURES, PATENTS, MONKEYS, AND MORE investigates the nature of collecting through four diverse collections of art and other fascinating objects.
PICTURES, PATENTS, MONKEYS, AND MORE is an exhibition organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, a non-profit traveling exhibition service specializing in contemporary art.
Ingrid Schaffner, guest curator of this exhibition, asserts that collections establish and reveal the identity of the collector. This exhibition offers a glimpse into the psyche of the collector by looking at a selection of
objects from four collections - contemporary fine art, patent models from the U.S. Patent Office in the holdings of the Smithsonian, sock monkeys, and a local collection of space age memorabilia.
Ohio businessman Robert J. Shiffler wished to promote avant-garde culture to a wide audience. To this end, he established a foundation that would use his contemporary art collection as the basis for a variety of
exhibitions and events. From Shifflers holdings, 25 visually alluring and conceptually challenging works by a variety of contemporary artists - among them Janine Antoni, Joel Otterson, Matthew Ritchie, Doris Salcedo,
and Fred Wilson - have been selected by Schaffner.