The Olsen twins-themed art show you never knew you needed may be coming to North Brooklyn before you’ve even had a chance to dust off your crop tops and Urban Outfitter kimonos for the summer. Last year, comedic duo Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen opened the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum in the hallway of their Williamsburg apartment. Now the two UCB alumns are looking to go beyond their four walls to show Chicago-based artist Laura Collins‘ series of paintings, “The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi.”
Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Collins’ paintings feature the two celebs hiding behind massive sunglasses, Starbucks cups, designer coats, and so forth. With Full House! The Musical! still playing at Theatre 80 and Fuller House now streaming on Netflix, the time is definitely right for a tribute to the ladies who made Michelle Tanner happen in the first place.
In order to find an appropriate venue for this cultural touchstone, Harkins and Olen have launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for a storefront rental, preferably in Williamsburg or Greenpoint. Olen explained that, unlike their hallway, a street-level space would give them the flexibility to host more extravagant events. “We want to rent a storefront, host an opening gala, and have a lot of cultural events, like a reading series, a Real Housewives symposium, and so on.”
Harkins added that the Housewives symposium will include panels of experts on the TV franchise and hard-hitting topics such as “who has the best friendship on the show.” Other events would include erotic fan fiction readings and a Sia Soul-Cycle class.
The overarching theme of the planned pop-up exhibit, which the two friends and roommates are planning to host for two weeks in April, will be centered around the topic of “being seen and not being seen,” Olen said, comparing the Olsens’ camera-shyness to the real housewives’ manic drive for overexposure. “It’s about celebrity, and how we all deal with it.”
Olen and Harkins have reached about a third of their funding goal, and are aiming to raise a total of $9,500 before the end of March. If you’re just dying to see another oddly specific pop-up gallery descend upon North Brooklyn, you can still contribute to the Kickstarter until 7pm on March 20.