Censored Saudi pool toys
The inflatable-furniture packaging depicts scenes with curiously absent women, who have been blacked out by the Saudi Arabian religious police.
Filmmaker Casey Neistat presents an assortment of false credentials he’s made for himself, including a student ID and a SAG card; see an early attempt above.
A history of death
Anthropologist Ken Brecher has gathered dirt from Sodom and Gomorrah and a Khmer Rouge prison, as well as water from the bathroom next to the site where Trotsky was murdered.
House of Hussein
Items from the Iraqi dictator’s personal collection include a steak knife engraved with the Ba’ath Party logo and personalized watches given as gifts.
Artist Maira Kalman presents grassy botanicals from places of note around the world, like the turf, pictured, from the grave of Henri Matisse.
Among the unusual products on display are a two-person umbrella, a combo TV remote–bottle opener and a three-in-one breakfast maker.
Despite the tight quarters, Museum makes room for a permanent collection (including a shoe that was allegedly thrown at George W. Bush), a video reel and a café (a pastry and an espresso run $3 total). The organization even delves into programming this summer: From June 20 to 29, pop project Eternal Lips will create custom songs for visitors. Opening party attendees take note: The event promises a secret special performance—past guests of honor have included a Rudy Giuliani impersonator and Screw magazine founder Al Goldstein. See some of the exhibits below.
Alex Kalman, Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie, founders of Red Bucket Films, opened this unconventional museum in an abandoned elevator shaft. Its nondescript name seems part of their aesthetic, rooted in fascination with the unnoticed objects of everyday life: The museum’s holdings are strange and sundry artifacts, such as objects that surfer Mark Cunningham found on the beach and what may be the shoe thrown at George W. Bush. Anyone can walk by this tiny Tribeca space at any hour to peer through its three windows, learning information about each object via a posted toll-free number (888-763-8839).Read more