As an alternative of a museum retrospective that ends with a lavish pop-up reward store, why not flip the reward store into the exhibit?
That’s principally what the Whitney’s doing. For its new present, “Eckhaus Latta: Possessed,” the pleasant, jeans-clad staffers — referred to as “performers” — will retrieve works hanging from the wall for guests who need a nearer look.
Not solely that, however you can contact, try on and buy the screen-printed T-shirts, hand-painted linen fits and intricately woven garbage-bag skirts that the younger avant-garde designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta made particularly for the exhibit, on the Whitney’s free, first-floor gallery by way of Oct. 8. The limited-edition merch ranges from $60 T-shirts to about $7,000 for a Technicolor, plastic shirt that took Latta 800 hours to weave collectively.
Even the changing-room curtains, mirrors and hangers are museum-worthy — accomplished as they’re by the designers’ artist buddies, resembling Whitney Biennial alum Susan Cianciolo.
“The very best museums give us the prospect to step outdoors of the on a regular basis and take into consideration one thing — like looking for a T-shirt — anew,” the Whitney present’s co-curator Lauri Freedman tells The Put up.
“We didn’t know what the present was going to be, however after we approached Mike and Zoe 2 ¹/₂ years in the past, we had religion they have been going to be the stewards of one thing that was not solely expressive of their apply, but additionally price taking a look at and contemplating,” Freedman says. “I believe this present does a extremely fantastic job of taking all of that and placing it in a context that feels very sensible and actually beneficiant.”
The Whitney is hardly the primary to blur the traces between artwork and commerce. Among the metropolis’s most fashion-forward manufacturers have turned their shops into mini artwork meccas.
Listed below are 4 retailers that might double as museums — and admission is free!
(1 E. 57th St.)
The storied luxury-goods firm has collaborated with artists on special-edition purses for greater than a decade, beginning with a “Graffiti” assortment from designer Stephen Sprouse in 2001. Its five-story Fifth Avenue flagship has a bevy of unique artworks, chosen by inside designer Peter Marino. A cheerful cartoon flower sculpture by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama — who created polka-dot purses for Vuitton in 2012 — greets guests as they enter the ethereal area. Additionally on display are gems from summary midcentury painter Betty Parsons, mind-bending fotog Todd Eberle and sculptor Jeff Koons, who contributed one in all his burnished balloon bunnies.
(50 Howard St.)
The French designer’s Soho boutique additionally capabilities as a bona fide artwork gallery, with 4 to 6 reveals a yr chosen by avid collector Agnès herself. Previous displays have featured 1970s downtown diva Maripol, experimental filmmaker Jonas Mekas and Malian portrait photographer Malick Sidibé. Agnès not solely options her outdated artist buddies, however new expertise, too, resembling Korean-American mixed-media artist Romon Kimin Yang, a ok a Rostarr, who’s at present exhibiting his sketches — and promoting specialty T-shirts — on the area.
(131 E. 70th St., second ground)
Luxe equipment designer Marin Hopper delved into her household’s strong artwork assortment to embellish her intimate store, situated contained in the Higher East Aspect’s Fortuny-wallpapered, Tiffany-accented Grosvenor Atterbury mansion. It helps that her mother and father are Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward, actors and collectors who hobnobbed with such artwork superstars as David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein. Along with work of Marin’s glamorous relations, the shop is stuffed with treasures by Andy Warhol (one in all his famed shoe illustrations), an expressionist portray by Jack Nicholson, and fantastically rendered, black-and-white portraits of Hollywood royalty shot by Dennis Hopper himself.
(185 Greenwich St.)
To complete off its smooth, shiny new retailer at Westfield World Commerce Heart, the footwear firm reached out to ArtStar founder Chrissy Crawford — who’s labored with manufacturers resembling J.Crew and Bonobos — to spruce up their areas. Crawford chosen items from her on-line art-dealer firm’s assortment that may complement Cole Haan’s urbane aesthetic. Look right here for minimalist op-art by Bridget Riley, Ludwig Favre’s architectural pictures of contemporary libraries in Paris, and a chalk-like doodle by Briggs Edward Solomon.