THE TINIEST MMUSEUMM IN NYC
Yes, Mmuseumm is small. In fact, it is micro-sized, miniscule, tiny, infinitesimal, and if you are anywhere near 6 ft. tall, you will need to duck to get inside. Housed inside an abandoned freight elevator on Cordlandt Alley in Tribeca, this mini-museum describes itself as “a museum about the world we live in.”
And at Mmuseumm, this world we live in is examined through the objects that inhabit it. Today, a walk-through—truthfully, this “walk” will last you about four steps—will reveal shelves lined in red velvet, displaying what seem to be found objects. You’ll find old Trump-branded merchandise, reproductions of ISIS currency, a scattering of cornflakes and a collection of “suspicious items” aka items that, at some point, required bomb squads to verify that they were, in fact, “not bombs”. These objects—a rock, a Taco Bell wrapper, a toy pony—seem randomized at first, but coexist as a case study of todays modern world.
Run in seasons (currently on season 5!), Mmuseumm was originally conceived by Alex Kalman and brothers Josh and Benny Safdie in 2012. The trio runs a film production company, Red Bucket Films, located in the same building as their museum. Just down the street, you can find Mmuseumm 2, the latest wing to the world of Mmuseumm.
At 20 square feet, Mmuseumm 2 is an even tinier physical experience. This wing currently offers a very touching exhibit about 14-year- old Mohammed Qutiash, a Syrian boy living in the city of Aleppo. Aiming to build “the Syria of tomorrow”, Qutiash creates a paper model of his city in an effort to work through his fear in face of the destruction surrounding him. Working out of optimism, he builds paper buildings that he hopes will one day become real. A documentary by filmmaker and journalist Waad Alkateab, currently living in Aleppo, accompanies this project.
The experience of Mmuseumm is entirely thought provoking, relevant and ultimately a really moving look at modern day society and its artifacts. Is Mmuseumm 3 up next? Here’s hoping…
Mmuseumm is open Thursday and Friday from 6-9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon-6pm.
4 Cortlandt Alley, between Franklin & White Streets; http://www.mmuseumm.com
Words by Hillary Sproul