It was exactly five years ago that Dream, to be exact, was born. Led by Anne Riggs and Julia Backhaus, Dream Team Projects (as well as James Reaney, in a part-time capacity) was born as a members-only, artist-run space aimed at the makers, bohemians, and seekers of art that often found themselves alienated from galleries and museum spaces.
This space is no longer dedicated to its founders and members, but the Dream Museum remains one of the most unique in New York, with its landmark building on West 17th Street and the extensive collection of works of diverse cultures that lend a distinctive flavor to each piece. But for the sake of funding and development, the museum has been on hiatus. This year, without its founders, it is reopening with a whopping 130-piece offering (dubbed “Overgrown Blooms”), which was curated by Tania De Sola, the director of curatorial programs at The Met.
What was once a cultural labyrinth will now finally have a curated end.
Many of the pieces are by solo artists who have, in the past, shown in prominent spaces like Whitney and Scope, and need to put up with more press than they’re used to. In other cases, like Manhwa’s exhibition, the designers want to conserve the provenance of previously shown works, exposing them to an audience that might not have wanted them in the first place.
There is one reason to re-enter: the masterwork from Daniel Stern, who is directing four new sets at the Met, according to De Sola. She says that “perhaps…it’s because it’s so far out of commission (2 ft. high, space for two people) that it is possibly getting an over-abundance of attention.
“It is fantastic, a surprising, powerful, beautiful piece—both theatrical and impassioned—that had a great reputation as one of the first huge installations in the not-for-profit Museum of Modern Art.”