Art/ Collection/ Art Object


Ji Eon Kang (American, born 1973)
spring/summer 1997
silk, metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Richard Martin, 1997
Accession Number:
Not on view
For a class assignment at Parsons School of Design students were asked to create a garment from a recycled object, an objet trouvé. Kang chose the daily admission buttons of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each button depicts a letter, but the letter is further endowed with the identity of the Metropolitan, and is a kind of coin minted expressly for entry into the Museum. Kang reused an object that was itself already a multilayered tissue of readings and meanings. The encyclopedic museum represents eternity, or at least the monumental span of art history. The paradox of the daily admission button is that it allows only limited access to the timelessness of art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Wordrobe," September 3, 1997–November 23, 1997.

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