Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen – the bug eyed twins of the early naughties – are arguably the most memorable icons of our generation. So it’s unsurprising, in a way, that someone somewhere would feel they’re worthy of a museum entirely dedicated to them.
New York City residents, comedians and besties Viviana Rosales Olen and Matt Harkins, the same duo responsible for creating a Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum in their Brooklyn hallway, get how important the Olsens are to our cultural landscape.
The pair has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their latest endeavour, an Olsen twins exhibition. By that, we don’t mean a curated selection of their baby clothes from their Full House days, or locks of their crimped hair, or even those trench coats they wore for their mystery series, but rather paintings of the twins doing what they do best: casually hiding from paparazzi.
Titled “Olsen Twins Hiding From The Paparazzi,” the pop-up museum will open in April for two weeks, featuring paintings by Laura Collins, a Chicago artist who just so happens to have a knack for painting pictures of the twins hiding from the paparazzi.
“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”
Though Mary-Kate and Ashley were pretty much everywhere as children and teens, now that they’re adults, we don’t see them as much. Aside from appearing on gala red carpets every now and again, our fix of the Olsen twins comes via paparazzi shots. Pics of Mary-Kate with a giant Starbucks cups, oversized sunglasses, and a giant Balenciaga bag have basically become iconic, so of course they deserve proper museum-esque recognition.
“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,” write Olen and Harkins. “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.”
As you can tell by now this is a very important cultural exhibit. New York NEEDS this. And no, this is not a joke. Harkins and Olen are in fact very serious about opening their exhibit up to Olsen mega-fans everywhere, and they’re currently a quarter of the way towards reaching their $9,500 funding target.
Since they’re looking to rent out a bigger space than their apartment hallway, “our apartment museum only has two chairs - we max out at 10 people before it starts getting weird,” they say, the duo is looking to maximise the space as much as possible. And make this fun for the visitors.
For this reason, they will also host a variety of relevant cultural programs for the public that fit under the umbrella of the exhibit, including (but not limited to) a Real Housewives symposium, a Sia Soul Cycle class, a Lisa Vanderpump Confessional Stump - where you can sit your rump on an actual stump and purge all your sins into Vanderpump’s portrait - and a Kylie Jenner selfie station. Because they are less concerned with what it will make you think about, and more that you will leave with a smile.
They’re also accepting submissions for a possible permanent collection (which all depends on whether the pop up is successful). Anything from sculptures of venti Starbuck's cups to hand knit shawls with cigarette holes burnt in is welcome, and of course anything twin-related. Because “twins are very art.”