Take Me (I’m Yours)

September 16, 2016 - February 5, 2017

In this highly unconventional exhibition, visitors are encouraged to participate, touch, and even take home works of art by 42 international and intergenerational artists, many of whom are creating new and site-specific works for the exhibition.

Installation view of the exhibition Take Me (I'm Yours). September 16, 2016 – February 5, 2017. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald.

Installation view of the exhibition Take Me (I'm Yours). September 16, 2016 – February 5, 2017. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald.

Installation view of the exhibition Take Me (I'm Yours). September 16, 2016 – February 5, 2017. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald.

In a conventional museum experience, you, the visitor, may consume art only by looking at the paintings, sculptures, or photographs on view. You are not allowed to touch the works, and certainly not able to take them home. In defiance of this well-established standard, Take Me (I’m Yours) extends an invitation. Featuring works by more than forty artists from different generations and from all over the world, the exhibition asks you not only to get into close contact with the artworks, but to take them away and keep them for good.

Take Me (I’m Yours) aims to create a democratic space for all visitors to take ownership of artworks, and curate their personal art collections, by subverting the usual politics of value, consumerism, and the museum experience. Visitors constantly transform the landscape of the galleries, bit by bit, through direct engagement.

This presentation builds upon an iconic exhibition of the same name that took place in 1995 at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Conceived by the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and the artist Christian Boltanski, it included works by twelve artists, several of whom are participating again here. Obrist and Boltanski took inspiration from a host of histories and ideologies related to possession, from the anarchist idea that “ownership is theft” to the post-1960s dematerialization of the object in conceptual art.

Restaging this exhibition at the Jewish Museum, a collecting institution with holdings that span centuries, offers occasion to rethink the role of the museum as an archive. Instead of collecting works and preserving them for all eternity, we are giving them away. Sharing pervades Jewish life, beginning in the home and extending out to the community. Here the exhibition is the home, and the works are what we share with you, our visitors.

Jens Hoffmann
Director of Special Exhibitions and Public Programs, the Jewish Museum

Hans Ulrich Obrist
Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London

Kelly Taxter
Associate Curator, the Jewish Museum

Participating Artists

Kelly Akashi
Uri Aran
Dana Awartani
Cara Benedetto
Christian Boltanski
Andrea Bowers
James Lee Byars
Luis Camnitzer
Ian Cheng
Heman Chong
Maria Eichhorn
Hans-Peter Feldmann
Claire Fontaine
Andrea Fraser
General Sisters
Gilbert & George
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Matthew Angelo Harrison
Yngve Holen
Carsten Höller
Jonathan Horowitz
Jibade-Khalil Huffman
Alex Israel
Koo Jeong A
Alison Knowles
Angelika Markul
Adriana Martinez
Daniel Joseph Martinez
Jonas Mekas
Rivane Neuenschwander
Yoko Ono
Sondra Perry
Rachel Rose
Martha Rosler
Allan Ruppersberg
Tino Sehgal
Daniel Spoerri
Haim Steinbach
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Amalia Ulman
Lawrence Weiner

Gallery Performance

James Lee Byars, Be Quiet, 1980
Saturdays, Noon – 4 pm


Take Me (I'm Yours) is made possible by AIG Private Client Group, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman, Midge and Simon Palley, Charlotte Feng Ford, Ann and Mel Schaffer, Raquel Cayre, Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York, 2ReWear, and our Kickstarter community of supporters.
Additional support is provided through the Melva Bucksbaum Fund for Contemporary Art and the Leon Levy Foundation.


Kelly Akashi, Cavelike (2016)


Installation views courtesy of Serpentine Gallery and Monnaie de Paris

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