Monday, April 2, 2018

Jim Shaw’s collection of religious and didactic art goes to MSU Broad Museum

By Alex Greenberger
Jim Shaw, “The Hidden World,” 1969–2017, installation view at the MSU Broad, 2017. EAT POMEGRANATE PHOTOGRAPHY
LANSING, MI---“Jim Shaw has the most amazing collection of cultural oddities that I have ever seen,” the artist Mike Kelley once said. He was referring to “The Hidden World,” Shaw’s collection of religious and didactic art, which, over the past 50 years, has come to comprise more than 1,000 objects, from Jehovah’s Witnesses comics to a set of James Bond tarot cards. Now Shaw’s collection—something of an art project in its own right—is making its way to a museum’s reserves. The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (the MSU Broad, for short) revealed today that it has acquired “The Hidden World” in its entirety. [More]