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Help THNK1994 Museum bring exhibit "The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi" + Rent Storefront + Print Magazine + Host Many Events!
Help THNK1994 Museum bring exhibit "The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi" + Rent Storefront + Print Magazine + Host Many Events!
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We're Matt and Viviana

Photo Credit Bianca Bourgeois
Photo Credit Bianca Bourgeois

Last year, after watching the ESPN Documentary The Price of Gold by Nanette Burstein on Netflix, we were so inspired by the story of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan that we did a Kickstarter to raise enough money to blow up photos of them and put them in our long and unused apartment hallway, creating, what we hoped, to be a very real museum. Luckily, we were not the only one's who felt a need for this museum, and with the help of the internet we made it a reality! (Watch the official tour video here!) 

We have been running it since April of last year. We've met some of the coolest internet strangers, collected some of the most amazing art (and artifacts!), and best of all we never have to leave the house.

It's important for museums to feature new artists and work that discusses important cultural events. This is how Museum's "keep it fresh." We are a museum.

This brings us to our next planned exhibit. On Black Friday, November 27, 2015 Mary Kate Olsen married Olivier Sarkozy. Two days later, it was reported that the wedding featured "bowls and bowls filled with cigarettes." The world gasped. Beauty was reborn. True Celebrity came back to life.

Really? A Whole Exhibit Just For The Olsen Twins? 

The Olsen Twins are True Celebrities. Highly unrelatable. They have bowls (and bowls) of cigarettes at their weddings. Very chic. They answered fans calls for them to appear on Fuller House with a gently whispered "what is that?" On all red carpets, they dress so that, if they needed to, they could do the Iditarod Race right after. They own a fashion empire. This includes The Row. A lot of people joke about how expensive the clothes are but have you seen them? They are stunning. Take a look at the Ethel Long Tunic Sweater. It's a sweater that literally goes all the way to the floor. Every item in the collection tells a story. A story we could never afford, but one that is very fun to read about online. 

Thrust in front of the camera before they could make a choice, the Olsen Twins have been a national brand since they were babies. We envied them, revered them, we gazed upon them. As adults they are now badass business women who facilitate their lives to be as inaccessible as possible. In a world of "I trip at the Oscars, I'm JUST like YOU.", they hide in towers we can only assume don't exist on any maps.

Meet Laura Collins. 

In the Museum Next 2 Her Drawing of Tonya!
In the Museum Next 2 Her Drawing of Tonya!

Laura is a Chicago based artist whose drawing of Tonya can be seen in our permanent collection. Her series of paintings entitled "The Olsen Twins Hiding From The Paparazzi" is, like, mind-blowing. It is very, very real art. In the paintings the subjects hide their face from us behind various objects, including bags, Starbuck's cups, their hair, even a Blackberry

Laura's paintings tell the story of how, using a patented system of approximately 700 lbs of beautiful clothes, strategically high collars, face sized bags, and tiny house sized sunglasses, the Olsen's are able to hide themselves from unwanted photographers. In fact, you can never be sure a photo of an Olsen is actually an Olsen. It could just be a showroom rack of unattainable clothes rolling down the sidewalk. This level of beauty is present in each and every one of Laura's paintings. For example:

Art
Art

As you can tell by now this is a very important cultural exhibit. 

When we saw Laura post images of her very important art we were shocked that it wasn't in a museum! Then we realized, "DUH! We have a Museum!"

The only problem is that our apartment museum has run out of space (and we've put our neighbor's through a lot this year) and right now we can only do tours by appointment only. For this very special exhibit the THNK1994 Museum would like to rent a vacant storefront and put up a pop-up exhibition for two weeks in April where anyone can come in anytime! 

We also want to create an experience that delights your every sense. We will play relevant music (Lady Gaga's Paparazzi and songs from the Housewives canon), have a private live-streaming confessional booth, a photo station with lots of props to hide your face, and there are talks about obtaining a strobe light. 

For our permanent collection we acquired art from around the country, and we will be accepting submissions for this exhibit as well! Such as sculptures of Venti Starbuck's cups, hand knit Shawls with cigarette holes burnt in, or maybe something like, twin related? Twins are very art.

Since we will have access for the first time to a space with more than two chairs (our apartment museum only has two chairs - we max out at 10 people before it starts getting weird) we want to utilize it! Therefore we will also host a variety of relevant cultural programs for the public that fit under the umbrella of the exhibit (and also stuff that sounds fun), including, but not limited to:

Past Life Regression Seminar Celebrities LOVE past life regression. We found a website that shows you how to do it, it hasn't "worked" as of yet, but we get better everyday, Shannon Beador of Real Housewives of Orange County claims she saved a nation in her past life and then got free jewel fragments put in her teeth in this life for it. This is true. We can't guarantee this will happen at the seminar.. but what if it did?

Real Housewives Symposium  A curated collection of clips and a moderated panel discussion featuring self-described experts from each branch of the Housewives tree. Topics will range from why Phaedra Parks should be President of the Galaxy to a dissection of the powerful Lars Von Trier-esque saga that is Yolanda Foster's illness. Special section on who exactly Brooks Ayers thinks he is. 

Reading Series - Spotlight on Fan Fiction: Including a reading of our screenplay based on the post 9/11 road trip that Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando took in a rental car. You may have heard that British Television is making a version of this but we wrote a screenplay about it last year and really captured their essence. Our version features not one but TWO gay sex scenes and a large amount of references to Working Girl. Series will also include an erotic fan fiction forum.

Sia-Cycle As a celebrity you have to be on the cutting edge of fitness even when you refuse to let anyone see your face. We'll host an all Sia Soul-Cycle class. We are in no way affiliated with modern pop phenom Sia OR Soul Cycle. We also don't have any way of getting exercise bikes, we WILL, however, get a choreographer to come and teach us all dance moves that look like you're on a bike. She will also compliment you as if you are on a bike. Basically, if we all agree that we "see" bikes, and "feel" bikes, there will be bikes?

And More!

We know what you're thinking, $9,500 is way more than your last goal of $75. 

Museums are very expensive and for this exhibit we want to facilitate as much free public access as possible!

We are raising these funds to:

1). Ship the Art from Chicago and back (this is like, very expensive)

2). Rent a storefront where anyone and everyone can come in for free and be exposed to all the culture. We'll have La Croix for refreshments, last year we only drank Diet Coke, but that is so 2015, NOW WE DRINK LA CROIX.

WE ARE NOT OFFISH ENDORSED BY LA CROIX BUT UGH WE WISH WE WERE
WE ARE NOT OFFISH ENDORSED BY LA CROIX BUT UGH WE WISH WE WERE

3). Throw a Museum Gala with a Ted-like talk, performances, (The mysterious Pat Dry, who never shows her face is already confirmed!) and cupcakes from Cupka'ak Bar and lots of art and stuff. We throw a "Killer Party". We will invite the Olsen's but it feels off brand for them to come.

4). Host the many cultural events.

5). Build a large scale sculpture of what we hope a table at Mary Kate's wedding looked like, including bowls and bowls of cigarettes, black orchids, and a button that you can press that doesn't seem to do anything but then 45 seconds later you hear someone scream in the distance. You know, celebrity stuff!

6). Print The Official THNK1994 Museum Exhibit Magazine as well as totes and buttons. (See Rewards)

This is what the buttons will look like!
This is what the buttons will look like!

7). Fly the artist Laura Collins in for the opening! You guys are gonna love her, she's very fun and makes cool art and we are pretty psyched she's trusting us with it.

8). Strobe Light

It will be like the flashing of Paparazzi Bulbs. Get it?
It will be like the flashing of Paparazzi Bulbs. Get it?

 STRETCH GOALS:

If we raise 15k we will keep the pop-up Museum open for a full month!

If we raise 25k we will open the THNK1994 museum in a storefront for a year and we'll bring lots of different exhibits and stuff in!

Risks and challenges

Honestly we already picked out the strobe light so we don't anticipate any issues.

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    If you donate a dollar we will name a star after you! Now, we don't have the power to name the stars in the sky, that's what scientists do. But we do have a pack of star stickers we got from the dollar store, we will name one of these.

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    The Board Member

    Your name will be displayed prominently in the exhibit and the official exhibit magazine. If you would like to remain anonymous, but not too anonymous, we will just put your name in a smaller font.

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    Postcard with the Art on it mailed to you! Postcard will have a handwritten secret by Matt and Viviana on it!

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    A digital download of the Magazine featuring the art and fun articles sent via the Internet, VERY CHIC!

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    C-List Swag Bag

    You were attacked by a shark and parlayed that into a stint on The Amazing Race, and from there you got an invite to a People's Choice Awards after-party where you purposely spilled your drink on Victoria Gotti just to start a conversation. You're not quite a Foster-Hadid, but you're certainly no Duggar. You live in a beautiful modern condo but have absolutely no furniture except for a yoga mat.

    This package includes:

    Leaked (cropped) nude
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    Very Expensive Handbag

    In this industry, you're no one if you don't have the right bag! We don't know a ton about handbags because Viviana only feels free when she can fit everything she owns in her pockets.

    The Olsen Twins recently sold a limited edition series of crocodile skin bags that went for $55k each. This will be more of a tote.

    This package includes everything from the C-List Swag Bag AND an Official THNK1994 Tote Bag with art from the exhibit! You can use it to shield yourself from the papparazzi or when you're jetting off to Ibiza or for groceries or something.

    Official THNK1994 Tote
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    Official Exhibit Magazine

    Some museums have books, which is, like GREAT for them, but books are heavy, GROSS. We're going to print up an Official Exhibit Magazine full of Laura Collin's art, articles by Matt and Viviana, recipes by Kareem Bid Youngblood (Celebrity Chef), thoughts from Carley Stancil (a woman we met on Facebook who seems really weird but great) and other cool people.

    Who wore is best? Spoiler! Everyone looks equally great!

    Also includes Official Museum Button!

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    T-Shirts!!! Fashion!!!

    Walk the runway/sidewalk flaunting the peak of fashion, a t-shirt with the art on it! Let no one question whether or not you understand art again... you'll have a T-SHIRT!

    *All rewards $35 or above will include one!

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    You are on the cusp. You've been to a mentoring lunch with Leah Remini and for once in your life you shut the fuck up and listened to whatever advice she gave you.

    An official museum exhibition magazine.
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    Let Them Eat Cake!

    A dozen cupcakes with the art on them from Cupca'ak bar, buttons and a tote! Limited Edition, NYC only, very delicious.

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    The After Party

    See and be seen by literally a handful of self-important people. This package includes 2 tickets to the museum event of your choice! Throw back some La Croix at the Museum Gala, or one of the other planned cultural events (panels, discussion series, conversations, past-life regression seminars) taking place inside the gallery space. *

    2 Tickets to event of your choice (NYC only)
    Official Museum Magazine
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    *Does not include dinner party.

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    Celebrity Dinner Party

    Join us at the Museum for Dinner! This will be much like Truman Capote's Black & White Ball in that Candice Bergen will be there and she will be bored (NOT CONFIRMED AS OF YET DO YOU KNOW HER?).
    We'll order pizza but from the NICE pizza place. We'll dress up very fancy and sit around the table and gossip. We will talk about The Row and if you have anything bad to say about it, we will ask you to leave. Matt will give you his theories on blind items, we can't guarantee he'll be correct but he's *very* good at them. Viviana will drink too much wine and overshare until Matt shoots her a piercing glare from across the table.

    Everyone will go home with a museum magazine, a button, a tote, and a lot of stories you are NOT to repeat.

    (NYC only, will be in April during exhibit)

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    The Appearance Fee

    Staying in your house and watching Netflix is SO 2015. Much like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City 2, we are looking for the "sparkle." If we do watch Netflix this year, we only do it while wearing gowns. Get "The Appearance Fee" and Matt and Viviana will build a miniature version of the Museum Exhibit and come to you! We will not stand in a corner and talk only to each other. We will stand in the middle of the room and delight you with tales of the Jessica Savitch Lifetime Intimate Portrait we recently watched or Fame Kills, a true crime show on the Reelz channel about working actors who were murdered just before their big break.

    This is available only if your party is located off a subway stop. If it's in a weird place you have to pay for cab fare, and don't do that *thing* that guys *do* where they SAY they'll pay for your Uber and then when you get there they don't mention it and then YOU have to mention it and then it's a whole thing.

    **Same goes with out of town parties, we can share a hotel room but we HAVE to sit next to each other on the plane, we get lonely.

    This includes everything in the B-List Swag Bag as well!
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    Limited Edition Poster!

    Poster Print of the Art Signed By Laura Collins! We will do a limited printing of 100 posters that Laura will sign! Which room in your house will you make more expensive and exciting by simply adding one of these LIMITED EDITION prints? The Kitchen? The Foyer? The choice is limited only by your imagination and amount of rooms you have. So Limited. So Chic.

    Also includes buttons, a magazine, a t-shirt and tote!

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    Oh, hello, Julianne Moore, how did you find your way to our humble museum kickstarter? You have very pretty skin. Do you drink water?
    Don't answer, we know A-list celebs are very skittish. We'll keep this brief.

    Official Art (drawing) made By Laura Collins especially for you, depicting the celebrity of your choice hiding from the Paparazzi!

    1 Dozen Cupcakes made by Cupka'ak bar with the art from the exhibit as decorations!*

    Official Museum Exhibition Magazine
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    *Cupcakes and Gala are NYC only

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    The Art Collector

    Make any room in your home an instant museum with a commissioned painting by Laura Collins. It will be a 12x12 painting of a celebrity of your choice hiding from the Paparazzi!

    Package includes buttons, a magazine, t-shirt and the smug feeling of knowing you own a piece of priceless art.

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