Pia Camil, A Pot for a Latch, 2015 (detail). Sweatshirt. Courtesy the artist
On Thursday, December 17, from 5 to 9 p.m., the public is invited to participate in an exchange event in conjunction with Pia Camil’s forthcoming New Museum exhibition, “A Pot for a Latch.”
For this inaugural event, which will take place in advance of the show’s installation in January 2016, New Museum visitors are invited to swap their own unique items for a limited-edition sweatshirt, available in an edition of one hundred and designed by Camil in collaboration with Lorena Vega. The event will conclude once all of the sweatshirts have been exchanged. Important information regarding specifications for items eligible for exchange is detailed in the artist’s invitation below.
More information about the exhibition can be found here.
“A Pot for a Latch” is an invitation to exchange.
The object you bring is a talisman of sorts, and it should be thought of in the same way that the ancient Romans conceived of in their term “res,” which denotes a gift that has both a personal value and a history. Bring objects of power, of aesthetic interest, and of poignancy. The monetary value of these items is insignificant; their value lies instead in their richness of meaning and in the new life that they acquire on the grid within the Lobby Gallery.
Potential exchange items may include: clothes, curtains, blankets, artworks, photographs, paintings, frames, nondescript items of undetermined function, objects that resemble parts of the human body such as wigs or mannequins, costume jewelry and accessories, mirrors and reflective items, potted plants, colorful items and/or those with interesting shapes and forms, transparent materials such as shower curtains, lingerie, or X-rays, books, and trinkets.
Prohibited exchange items include but are not limited to: electronics, heavy items (over twenty pounds), small-scale objects (less than six inches in diameter), loose-leaf paper, tote bags, mass-produced garments, food or other perishables, weapons, and chemicals or other hazardous materials.
Objects accepted for exchange will not be returned to the submitting party.