In this highly unconventional exhibition, visitors are encouraged to participate, touch, and even take home works of art by 40 international and intergenerational artists, many of whom are creating new and site-specific works for the exhibition.
Take Me (I’m Yours) 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.
Selected artists include:
Gilbert & George
Daniel Joseph Martinez
Take Me (I’m Yours) was originally conceived by Christian Boltanski and Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1995. Take Me (I’m Yours) at the Jewish Museum, New York 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.