What do chicken eggs in an incubator, a long rusty wire that was once surgically removed from a man, and 3-D printed faces created from the DNA found in used chewing gum have in common? They're all art, obvs!
These items join plenty of others in the fourth season of Mmuseumms which opens this Saturday, May 30. The Tribeca ministitution (it's housed in a 36-square-foot former freight elevator) is dedicated to "modern natural history," which in this case means all sorts of odd items, collections and found objects that somehow either reflect our culture or human nature.
Breaking free of it's dark alley confines, the space has now expanded with an adjacent spot Mmuseumms2. Before you go thinking they're getting too big for their britches, the additional digs are located in a 5 foot-by-4 foot store-front window.
For the annex's inaugural exhibit the museum's co-founder and director Alex Kalman has brought in an installation befitting the space: a recreation of a closet. Kalman's mother, the artist Maria Kalman, designed the piece to appear exactly the same—though on a slightly smaller scale—as the all white, meticulously organized wardrobe of her late-mother, and Alex's grandmother, Sara Berman.
Both exhibits are at 4 Cortland Alley, Saturday and Sunday with a $5 suggested donation. A free audio tour, spoken in a faux-British accent (natch), is available via your phone.