Museum Of Pizza Announces Location And Contemporary Artists
Nameless Network, the youth media company for generation Z, is proud to announce the location for New York's first Museum of Pizza (MoPi) at The William Vale (55 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn), as well as participating artists and special exhibitions. MoPi will be open from 10AM - 7PM, Tuesday through Sunday, from October 13 - 28, 2018 for ticketed guests. Equal parts Instagram fun house and science museum, MoPi is a platform for visitors of all ages to celebrate the power of pizza through art, educational fun and a tasty slice.
"The Museum of Pizza balances the 'museum' aspect with the magic of pizza to disrupt the expectations of what a pop-up can be," said Kareem Rahma, Founder of Museum of Pizza. "We believe that art should be at the forefront of culture, not the backdrop, and hope that visitors find MoPi to be an awesome, one-of-a-kind experience that changes the way they think about pizza, and art. And it's going to be fun, duh!"
MoPi is comprised of special installations, a pop-up slice shop, and pizza-inspired rooms by contemporary artists. Each room is a pizza-inspired immersive commission by emerging and established contemporary artists, including a pizza beach by Adam Green, zine-inspired pizza reading room by Devin Troy Strother and Yuri Ogita of Coloured Publishing, fluorescent blacklight pizza vortex by Signe Pierce and Emma Stern and "Psychedelic Pizza Parlor," a group show curated by RJ Supa. There will be also be a pop-up slice shop, a selection from the largest collection of pizza boxes in the world, and even an interactive pizza video game.
If you are interested in experiencing the Museum of Pizza, please contact Marcella Zimmermann (email@example.com) to discuss coverage opportunities.
The full line-up of MoPi artists includes Katherine Aungier, Sarah Bahbah, April Childers, Jeremy Couillard, Søren Dahlgaard, Jay Davis, Adam Green, Matthias Merkel Hess, Hein Koh, Andrea McGinty, Paul McMahon, Geo Memphis, Optical Animal, Signe Pierce & Emma Stern, Adam Parker Smith, SuttonBeresCuller, Devin Troy Strother & Yuri Ogita, Siebren Versteeg, Andrew WK and Shawna X. Illiustrators and special guest collaborators include Kelsey Fairhurst, Hilary Hubanks, Xtina Lee, Pinky Weber, and Scott Weiner.
ORIGINAL ARTIST ROOMS
The Museum of Pizza has commissioned site-specific, pizza-inspired immersive rooms by emerging and established artists, transforming the experience into a platform for its visitors to engage with artists and for artists to reach new audiences with pizza as their shared muse.
"PIZZA BEACH" BY Adam Green
Created by artist Adam Green, who you may know from the band The Moldy Peaches, Pizza Beach is a special place in the afterlife where souls of all kinds come for a slice. "It's a stop along the way to God where they can surf, chill and eat pizza before they are ground up into pixels and sprinkled back into the beginning of the universe," said Green.
"PIZZA LIBRARY / READING ROOM" BY DEVIN TROY STROTHER & YURI OGITA
Contemporary painter and sculptor Devin Troy Strother and LA-based graphic designer Yuri Ogita will transform an entire room into a Pizza Library/Reading Room, a zine-inspired installation lined with original posters and hundreds of unique artist-made zines exploring the concept of pizza. The library's floor will be outfitted with a custom-designed pizza-themed carpet and will be furnished with pizza-inspired reading areas and a direct line to Williamsburg Pizza to create an inviting, immersive environment to inspire documentation and exploration. All zines will be compiled into a book available for purchase at the MoPi Gift Shop.
"THE PIZZA VORTEX" BY SIGNE PIERCE AND EMMA STERN
Multimedia artists Signe Pierce and Emma Stern have created an interdimensional Pizza Vortex, merging the four fundamental aspects of life: time, space, light, and pizza. Together, the two artists have conceptualized a fluorescent blacklight room that plays with collective conception of art history, pop culture, life on earth, and existence amongst the cosmos. Pierce serves as the creative director and spatial designer, while Stern will project her 3D video illustrations throughout the space. The Pizza Vortex invites guests to enter the surreal multiverse straddling the past, present, and future of life in a universe governed by one constant: pizza.
"SAY CHEESE" BY SHAWNA X
Say Cheese is comprised of new sculpture and mural work by artist Shawna X, utilizing pizza as beautifying products. The exhibition uses exaggerated motifs and poppy palettes to create a deliberately ostentatious world, which conveys the stimulating and vapid nature of pop culture. The central work of the show, Cheese Lip, is a physical manifestation from an Instagram doodle in 2014 that comments on the frivolous nature of instant gratification, fueled by modern devices and information exchange.
CURATED EXHIBITIONS & HIGHLIGHTS
The Museum of Pizza is collaborating with artists as well as curators, illustrators, and brands to further enhance the immersive pizza experience PSYCHEDELIC PIZZA PARLOR CURATED BY RJ SUPA
Jeremy Couillard, Pizza In the Woods, Digital simulation, 2018 A group exhibition curated by RJ Supa of yours mine & ours including artists Katherine Aungier, April Childers, Sarah Bahbah, Jeremy Couillard, Søren Dahlgaard, Jay Davis, Adam Green, Matthias Merkel Hess, Hein Koh, Andrea McGinty, Paul McMahon, Geo Memphis, Adam Parker Smith, SuttonBeresCuller, Siebren Versteeg, and Andrew WK. The exhibition features unique interpretations of pizza and its parts, through the exploration of the visual elements of both food itself and its ever-growing accessories: the familiar triangle-shaped slice to the whole pie, the neon signs and pizza boxes, an old Venetian-style mural, and a healthy serving of dough.
GUINESS WORLD RECORD WINNING COLLECTION OF PIZZA BOXES
A never-before-seen selection of 100 framed pizza boxes will be on view from Scott Weiner, Guiness World Record holder for the largest collection of pizza boxes from around the world.
THE INTERACTIVE HISTORY OF PIZZA BY OPTICAL ANIMAL
Upon arrival, visitors can experience an educational, information-driven installation celebrating the history of pizza-with data-driven historic markers, fun facts, famous quotes, illustrations, and GIF-like animations-featuring a large-scale analog projection that digitally "hacks" a series of eighteen 35mm carousel slide projectors. Scott Weiner, founder of Scott's Pizza Tours, will give this virtual tour through the ages.
OFFICIAL MOPI PARTNERS
Further enhancing the art-meets-foodie experience, MoPi has partnered with like-minded sponsors to present special exhibitions, including the Seamless Saucy Secrets installation; and a mural by artist Pinky Weber in the pizzeria presented by Hidden Valley Ranch.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF PIZZA
The Museum of Pizza located at The William Vale is a creation of Nameless Network. Equal parts Instagram funhouse and artistic space, the Museum of Pizza will be open from October 13 through October 28, 2018. Tickets include pizza and other surprises. Ticket prices are $35 per person, with Seniors (60+) and children (3-12) accompanied by a parent or legal guardian free with valid ID, subject to museum capacity.