Matthew Bakkom Presents New York City Museum of Complaint
UnionDocs (322 Union Ave., Brooklyn)
$9 suggested donation

A look at over three centuries worth of letters of complaint sent to the mayor of New York City and the potential these archival documents have as artistic material.

Based on correspondence to the mayor of the city of New York written over three centuries, The New York City Museum of Complaint grew from a conceptually driven site-based public art project into a fine art publication, recently published by Steidl-Miles. Matthew Bakkom will discuss details of this 5-year evolution and also present selections from the book in an evening devoted to the potential and challenges of the archival document as an artistic material. Operating as both a collection of images and a series of scripts these letters give voice to the concerns of the metropolis, directly addressing some of the big issues of eras past alongside the banal struggles of daily life.

Matthew Bakkom was born in 1968. Starting in the early 1990’s, working as a visual artist in North America and Europe, he has created projects and participated in exhibitions cities such as New York, Paris, Dublin, Philadelphia, Eindhoven and Minneapolis. The creative investigation of collections and archives often serves as the basis for his work.