Take Me (I’m Yours)
September 16th, 2016 through February 5th, 2017
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128
Aaajiao presents a new installation in “Take Me (I’m Yours)” at the Jewish Museum. “Take Me (I’m Yours)” was originally conceived by Christian Boltanski and Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1995. The New York show is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, the Jewish Museum; Hans Ulrich Obrist; and Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator, the Jewish Museum.
The show aims to construct a democratic space for all visitors to participate in the creation and ownership of an artwork, thus commenting on the politics of value, consumerism, and hierarchical structures of the art market. The exhibition encourages shared experiences and direct engagement with works of art, suggesting alternative ways that artists can live in, contribute to, and gain from society at large.
First mounted by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and artist Christian Boltanksi in 1995 at the Serpentine Galleries, London, Take Me (I’m Yours) featured works by 12 artists that explored concepts of value and participation in the arts. Over twenty years later, Take Me (I’m Yours) at the Jewish Museum will be the first U.S. presentation, featuring an expanded roster of artists and projects specific to both New York City and an institution of art and Jewish culture, including several from the original exhibition. In addition, the Jewish Museum’s presentation marks the first time that Take Me (I’m Yours) will be on view in a collecting institution, examining the role of museum collections by giving works away rather than holding them.
James Lee Byars
Gilbert & George
Daniel Joseph Martinez