BM (Textile Storage, 3A)
These photographs are part of Luis Mallo’s Open Secrets, a recent series of photographs taken in museums in New York City and elsewhere. The series focuses on storage areas and reveals hidden spaces not typically accessible to the public. This group shows shelving units with storage boxes at the Brooklyn Museum. Variations in box and label colors add tension and dynamism to the grid. Mallo’s careful composition represents only a fragment of a larger whole, revealing the beauty within the more or less organized structure of museum storage while not decoding the system itself. The combination of sometimes random objects, however, retains a sense of mystery and reminds us that collections are not always easy to classify.
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Luis Mallo (born Cuba, 1962). BM (Textile Storage, 3A), 2008. Chromogenic photograph, Sheet: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 2009.60.1. ©Luis Mallo
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