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Make Things (Happen) Recommended

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 1 2015

DIY gallery

Last year, Christine Wong Yap distributed free activity kits as part of "Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration" at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Inspired by the joy of shared experience — from participating in a long-distance book club to teaching her niece how to make holiday decorations — Yap asked artists from as far as India to create their own instruction worksheets. The results ran the gamut from celebratory, such as making commemorative plates of one's own life, to darkly hilarious, such as the reproduction and delivery of an ominous note written by Stanley Kubrick to Tom Cruise. The public creations were then shared in the gallery and via social media, and were so delightful, Yap has been asked to expand the exhibit. "Make Things (Happen)" includes a great many more participating artists, which means a lot more choices for us. While some of the artists' instructables can be executed solo, Yap is a great fan of the Venn diagram: Overlapping with others is the real payoff.

— Silke Tudor


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