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Museum Gets Shafted: An Elevator Pitch for Curiosities

Museum seen from Cortlandt Alely
Museum seen from Cortlandt Alley (all photographs by the author for Hyperallergic)

It’s been over a year since we visited the opening of Museum, the diminutive institution housed in a Cortlandt Alley elevator shaft in Lower Manhattan, so I recently stopped by to see their summer exhibition. The show is more like an eclectic installation of 15 small exhibitions, from tip jars to Chinese Joss paper to Tom Sach’s Mars excavation tools to pornographer Al Goldstein’s personal possessions to objects crafted by prisoners. You can visit it with a self-guided dial up tour or read handy informational cards, and the experience is surprisingly in-depth for the tiny space. Here’s some images from what’s currently on view.

View to Cortlandt Alley, with piercing example "flesh" and fake vomit
View to Cortlandt Alley, with piercing example “flesh” and fake vomit
Shoe thrown at George W. Bush
Shoe thrown at George W. Bush
View to Cortlandt Alley
View to Cortlandt Alley
"Crafts" by prisoners
“Crafts” by prisoners
Objects carved from soap by prisoners
Objects carved from soap by prisoners
Chip flavors from around the world, showing the variations in "standard" flavors
Chip flavors from around the world, showing the variations in “standard” flavors
Tom Sachs' Mars excavation tools and rocks from his Park Avenue Armory exhibition
Tom Sachs’ Mars excavation tools and rocks from his Park Avenue Armory exhibition
Letter from Mel Brooks to pornographer Al Goldstein, whose personal possessions are on display
Letter from Mel Brooks to pornographer Al Goldstein, whose personal possessions are on display
Chinese paper funeral objects, for burning for the afterlife
Chinese paper funeral objects, for burning for the afterlife
Eclectic tip jars
Eclectic tip jars
Detail of the display of toothpastes from around the world
Detail of the display of toothpastes from around the world
Interior of Museum
Interior of Museum

Museum is located in Cortlandt Alley (Between Franklin Street and White Street, Tribeca, Manhattan). Visit their website for open hours and events. 

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