In case you can’t get enough of the Olsen twins — and, TBH, who can?! — now you can go check out an exhibit that’s all about them. Yep, Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen curated the exhibit, titled The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi. Genius. ICYMI, the twins were infamous for hiding from oversized paparazzi lenses back in the day, blocking their faces with things like handbags.
Harkins and Olen’s dream started with a Kickstarter campaign that soon became a reality for the THNK1994 Museum. For instance, on Harkins and Olen’s Kickstarter, the “Very Expensive Handbag” level entailed a donation of at least $20. “The Olsen Twins recently sold a limited edition series of crocodile skin bags that went for $55k each,” their Kickstarter page stated. “This will be more of a tote.” Hah!
Last year in Brooklyn, the roommates created the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Museum, which started in their apartment and also via a Kickstarter campaign. They got inspired to create it after seeing the documentary The Price of Gold. Afterwards, they realized that Chicago-based Laura Collins, one of the artists who’d submitted to the exhibit, also had paintings featuring the Olsen twins… famously ducking and hiding from the paparazzi.
“I was planning on doing a series of just celebrities in general hiding from the paparazzi,” Collins said to the Chicago Reader. “Then I realized there were a ton of just the Olsen twins hiding, so I went with that. I just think they’re fascinating people.”
Harkins and Olen agreed. “We were like, why is this not in a museum? Why are people not losing their shit over this?” Olen said to New York Magazine’s The Cut. “And we were just like, oh, well we have a museum.”
So far, exhibit-goers seem to be embracing the Olsen culture.
And there were even hiding-from-the-paparazzi-themed cupcakes!
The overall backdrop of the exhibit? A jungle theme along the hall. And in case you want to see which twin is which, you can guess — but they’re not identified.
“I have no idea who’s who,” said Collins. “I wanted it to be like, they’re kinda interchangeable. We almost don’t care who’s who.”
In case you need a diversion from the Olsens, you can find a few other celebrities’ personas lurking at the exhibit, too. One is a Kylie Jenner Selfie Station, and is complete with a Birkin bag, huge Blackberry, and infinity scarf.
If you want to check it out, you don’t have much time. An old medical office houses The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi till May 1 at 563 Grand St. in Brooklyn.