The Homeless Museum of Art has been popping up at numerous locations throughout the city of New York for the last decade or so and can now be seen at the High Line, where it will remain throughout the month of July.
The Homeless Museum of Art or HoMu as it is also known, was started by New York based artist Filip Noteradaeme and is believed to be the world’s smallest museum. It can only take two visitors at a time and consists of a booth which holds a series of small objects. The Director of Public Relations for HoMu is Florence Coyote, a stuffed coyote who sits at the side of the booth, keeping Noteradaeme company during the museum’s quieter spells.
The small window of the museum serves a number of purposes; the reception, the front desk, the director’s office and the exhibition space. Noteradaeme’s performance, “The Director is In,” runs when he is behind the counter and able to partake in conversations with the museum’s visitors.
Noterdaeme started his mini-museum as a tongue-in-cheek mockery of the cultural establishment and on his website he describes it as “a product of New York City’s cultural decline, [...] a budget-and-staff-free, unaccredited arts organization that enables and engages cultural dialogue practiced at the intersection of the arts and homelessness.”
HOMU: Homeless Museum of Art on the High Line is the World’s Smallest Gallery (Via Inhabitat New York City)