Home-themed work by artists Barbara Bloom, Teresa Diehl, Ghost of a Dream, Misha Kahn, Jean Shin, Ena Swansea and Mickalene Thomas is transforming an empty Upper East Side apartment. “Be My Guest: The Art of Interiors,” will launch in tandem with the debut of Galerie magazine and in collaboration with the nonprofit arts organization No Longer Empty. The installation will be on view until May 10.
Living room by Mickalene Thomas and Ena Swansea; courtesy Antoine Bootz
Dining room by Ghost of a Dream and tabletop by Hermès; courtesy Antoine Bootz
Music room by Barbara Bloom; courtesy Antoine Bootz
School room by HMI Students; courtesy Antoine Bootz
One of the highlights is the living room, where the walls are adorned with work by Mickalene Thomas that features photographs of the artist’s mother and her longtime muse, Sandra Bush. (Bush is posed on sofas in dramatic interiors, including some from design magazines, in a work subtitled “How to Design a Room Around a Striking Piece of Art.”) Also found in the living room is Ena Swansea’s reversible sofa, equipped with a hidden bookshelf.
The dining room, which includes a tablescape by Hermès, is home to work from Ghost of a Dream, the collaboration of Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was. Titled “Dream Home,” the room’s decorative elements are made of $70,000 worth of old, repurposed lottery tickets sourced from the U.S., England, France and Germany.
Another important piece of the project is a selection of artwork from the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s YouthArts and Culture program. As part of the collaboration with No Longer Empty, HMI students worked with artist Renzo Ortega to produce original prints using collage and watercolor in response to the theme of home. The students learned art-curating skills, and curated their own exhibition, with the proceeds from the sale of their works benefiting HMI.
“Be My Guest: The Art of Interiors” is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with viewing times available by appointment. For reservations please contact 212-675-4140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.