July 20 - October 2, 2016
The Keeper was dedicated to the act of preserving objects, artworks, and images, and to the passions that inspire this undertaking. A reflection on the impulse to save both the most precious and the apparently valueless, this New Museum exhibition brought together a variety of imaginary museums, personal collections, and unusual assemblages, revealing the devotion with which artists, collectors, scholars, and hoarders have created sanctuaries for endangered images and artifacts. In surveying varied techniques of display, the exhibition also reflected on the function and responsibility of museums.
The Keeper was curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Natalie Bell, Helga Christoffersen, and Margot Norton. A fully illustrated catalogue, edited by Gioni and Bell, designed by Purtill Family Business, and published by the New Museum, accompanied the show.