New York 's Jewish Museum

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September 16, 2016, Take me (I’m Yours) took place at New York’s Jewish Museum, as its first ever exhibition made possible by digital crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter. With a total $31,018 pledged, 340 backers helped forty-two international and intergenerational artists create 400,000+ artworks to be given away during this unconventional exhibition, visitors are encouraged to participate, touch, and even take the artworks on view home with them.

Crowdfunding has become commonplace in the art world, but the Jewish Museum launched its first Kickstarter campaign for a number of reasons, of course, in order to fabricate the thousands upon thousands of artworks needed to keep the show fully-stocked throughout its run. Also through
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In this case, it revealing the process where the audience as co-producers of the work itself. (Yerebakan, 2016) This important intent of the artwork is clearly not an object but a process, what is important to conserve here, for the future display of the work, is the participative intent of the work, in which case, then the very nature of what is documented about exhibitions becomes particularly important. (The People Speak 2012) (Graham, 2013)

“Take Me (I’m Yours)” is an “extremely radical exhibition that really quintessentially questions the very core what a museum is,” said Jens Hoffmann, Director of Special Exhibitions and Public Programs. Jewish Museum keeps the exhibition processes accessible to all aspects of participatory behaviour by audiences, and draws in the wider potential participatory systems, such as, audience curating, documenting, collecting, and preserving. As Boltanski told Hoffmann in a newly published conversation about the show, “in thirty years we might see something someone took away from the Jewish Museum’s exhibition emerge at a public auction.” (Cascone, 2016)

The choice of Jewish Museum to use a more distributed model rather than a traditional centralized model, reflects on Nina Simon’s four categories of different
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