Beginning May 5 and running through the summer, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design will exhibit Jethro Bunny, a seven-foot tall pink fiberglass sculpture by Brooklyn-based artist Jeremyville. Jethro Bunny is the newest incarnation in the artist’s “Community Service Announcement” series—an ongoing collection of drawings and sculptures created as a tool for change and positivity. Jethro Bunny will be installed in the museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, located on East 90th Street between Madison and Fifth avenues, through the summer.
Taking cues from 60’s pop art, 70’s psychedelia, animated cartoons, and public art, Jeremyville has used tromp l’oeil techniques to metaphorically inflate Jethro, an imaginary blow-up toy from our collective childhood. “These large public sculptures are modern totems,” explains Jeremyville. “They recall our innate sense of freedom, self-expression and playfulness that we all once had as children—and that most of us have forgotten in our adulthood.”
The Jethro Bunny installation marks a significant conceptual convergence between designer and museum in contemporary culture. Wendi Parson, Director of Communications and Marketing, Cooper Hewitt, says, “We are delighted to welcome Jethro Bunny to the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, a public green space that engages our visitors in playfully creative and community-enhancing design. Jeremyville’s joyous public sculpture extends design’s message of optimism.”
Cooper Hewitt’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, one of the largest enclosed gardens associated with a museum in the city, is open daily and accessible to all. Additionally, the visitors can pick-up the newest issue of Jeremyville RAW, the artist’s free, self-published street newspaper, replete with his newest drawings, “Community Service Announcements,” and contributing essays by the world’s leading curators and art theorists.
Jethro Bunny at Cooper Hewitt marks the artist’s first New York City-based public art installation and extends Jeremyville’s tradition of collaborative partnerships with cultural institutions, including the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg and The Museum of Art and Design in New York. The artist’s other monumental outdoor sculptures, which he views as a form of “public art and community dialogue,” have been installed worldwide, including Shanghai, Chengdu, Bangkok, Paris, and at Art Basel in Miami.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to Exhibit Jethro Bunny Sculpture by Jeremyville
The Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden
Beginning May 5, 2017
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