If you’ve ever set foot inside an art museum, you’ve seen the warning sign: Please don’t touch. But New York’s Jewish Museum is upending the distance between art and museum-goer with the exhibit Take Me (I’m Yours) — an exhibit where you’re not only allowed to touch the art, you’re encouraged to take it home.
Take Me (I’m Yours) will feature art from forty internationally renowned artists, including Yoko Ono, Lawrence Weiner, Carsten Höller, Félix González-Torres, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. You’ll be able to grab a pill from Höller’s Pill Clock, fwhich rains pills down from the ceiling every three seconds. Or you can snag a tattoo from Weiner that reads, “Now art belongs to you and me.” Or would you rather a capsule of air from Yoko Ono?
First curated in London by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Christian Boltanski in 1995, the exhibit explored the politics of value, consumerism, and participation in the arts. More than twenty years later, those concepts are still central to our lives.
As you touch, interact with, and take away objects from the museum, you’ll play an active role in the artistic process — and spreading art out into the world. Help the Jewish Museum replenish their thousands of art objects here, so that as many people as possible can participate.
“One of the reasons I chose to work with language… is that each time a piece can be built anew. Language is less impositional—there is always an incomplete relationship to objects, rather than a complete, say, expressionist sort. As culture develops, the works change, or the culture itself begins to decay."—Lawrence Weiner