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Ydessa Hendeles, Partners (The Teddy Bear Project), 2002, mixed media, dimensions variable. From “The Keeper.” Photo: Maris Hutchinson.

“The Keeper”

New Museum

Ydessa Hendeles, Partners (The Teddy Bear Project), 2002, mixed media, dimensions variable. From “The Keeper.” Photo: Maris Hutchinson.

A sprawling installation, the exhibition “The Keeper” at the New Museum in New York was really a collection of collections, covering three floors (plus the museum’s lobby gallery) and comprising some four thousand objects—scrapbooks and drawings, toys and quilts, paintings and whittled carvings, snowflakes and butterflies—all arranged into discrete archives collated by some thirty artists, scholars, and tinkerers. These “keepers” included, for example, a famous novelist who preferred to chase butterflies, a French philosopher who coveted polished stones, a folk-music aficionado who saved string games, and a woman who set out to photograph every domestic interior in Poland. In principle, this was an exhibition of case studies, or even portraits, of these quirky individuals, valorizing those who preserve and quietly craft their quixotic art projects, destined to never fit

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