OOPS! The Museum of Mistakes.
Duchamp and Warhol are spiritual godfathers of Connecticut artist Dorothy Schultz and New Yorker Louise Barry’s “Museum of Mistakes” at Providence College’s Hunt-Cavanaugh Gallery (Eaton St, Providence, through December 13), which they bill as “an itinerant collection of found objects, informative documents, dead ends, human error, and obvious forgeries.”
It’s an archive of pop cultural ephemera (or at least things that purport to be so) — a 1948 Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper with the famously wrong headline “Dewey Defeats Truman,” a 1997 Kiss concert poster that features member Eric Carr despite him being dead, a pennant celebrating the Baltimore Orioles as “1969 World Series Champs” even though they lost to the Mets.
There are also books and posters featuring various printing errors. And next to arrays of travel postcards are seemingly corresponding lists written on the wall: “It is a mistake to set yourself up for disappointment. . . to indulge nostalgia. . . to walk over a grave. . . to plan too far ahead.”
The comedy and pathos of human error is a rich subject. Schultz and Barry’s mix of pop anthropology and self-help bromides doesn’t probe deeply, but it tickles. Follow Greg Cook on Twitter @AestheticResear.