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Description - New York Museum of Complaint: Municipal Collection 1751-1969 by Matthew Bakkom

"The New York City Museum of Complaint" is a collection of 132 letters written to the Mayor of New York between 1751 and 1969. Selected from the municipal archives and presented chronologically, the letters address a range of issues from dead animals in the street to swindles, capitalism, and corruption. They also address issues from civil rights, adventuresses, bad luck, and broken hearts to noise and other people. These are the communiques of dissatisfaction over the course of a city's evolution. The strength of this collection lies in its striking ability to capture the spirit of the city as defined by its critics and crusaders. New York City has long been perceived as a place where personal expression flourishes.These civic documents are historical embodiments of the language, wit and energy that helped forge the City's reputation. From the passionate defense of street musicians to dedicated battles with drycleaners, police officers, pushcart peddlers and hooligans, a chorus emerges that articulates the challenges and inherent absurdity of metropolitan life. Matthew Bakkom was born in Minneapolis in 1968. Starting in the early 1990s, working as a visual artist in North America and Europe, he has participated in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Queens Museum of Art. Bakkom has received awards of support from the Jerome Foundation, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Paris. The investigation of civic archives often serves as the basis for his work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9783865217455
ISBN-10: 3865217451
Format: Hardback
(283mm x 254mm x 34mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Steidl Verlag
Publisher: Steidl Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2009
Country of Publication: Germany

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