Museum Opens Inside a Former Freight Elevator in Tribeca

Last night, Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie and Alex Kalman of Red Bucket Films held a preview and ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new museum, Museum. The 80-square-foot space (that's not a typo -- the museum is located inside a former freight elevator off Cortlandt Alley in Tribeca) will specialize in showing various personal collections and found objects. Current objects on display include international toothpastes collected by industrial designer Tucker Viemeister, Polaroid backings collected by Andy Spade and found paper works collected from various copying machines around New York City by artist Leah Singer. (You can read about all the collections currently on display at Museum's website.)

Starting in early June, the space will be viewable to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via glass windows on the front doors. Visitors can call a toll free number (1-888-763-8839) to hear the stories behind the collections, and how they were acquired by Museum.

Below, photos from last night's opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony with Giuliani impersonator Rudolph W Guliani, who came for his photo op, brought a hot dog from a sidewalk vendor and left abruptly in a black town car.

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