Ken Brecher: The Little Room of Epiphanies

Project Room 1 May 13–Aug 19, 2006

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Ken Brecher: The Little Room of Epiphanies
May 13–Aug 19, 2006





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Ken Brecher: The Little Room of Epiphanies, 2006, Installation view

Featuring a wide array of objects from the vast collections of life-long hoarder Ken Brecher, The Little Room of Epiphanies was an homage to the ephemeral, the overlooked, and the undervalued–about not forgetting to look down, about slipping things into one’s pocket, about finding treasure that has no worldly value except the power to change your life. Brecher, a social anthropologist by training and former museum director, has amassed an empire of objects that represent an idealized view of material culture–a nonhierarchical world in which everything is considered and appreciated for its meaning and not its market value. Reflecting Brecher’s life as an inveterate traveler, the trail of artifacts took us from his parents’ bedside in Highland Park, Illinois, to the Mato Grosso in Brazil and the sand dunes of the Sahara. Epiphanies also included a video by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.