The Brooklyn Museum is known for playing host to some truly spectacular exhibits and installations, and isn’t afraid to showcase bold works from obscure artists. This summer, the museum welcomes The Bruce High Quality Foundation, in an installation featuring art from the group spanning more than a decade.
What is The Bruce High Quality Foundation, you ask? According to their purposefully cryptic website, the group is:
“the official arbiter of the estate of Bruce High Quality,” and “is dedicated to the preservation of the legacy of the late social sculptor, Bruce High Quality. In the spirit of the life and work of Bruce High Quality, we aspire to invest the experience of public space with wonder, to resurrect art history from the bowels of despair, and to impregnate the institutions of art with the joy of man’s desiring.”
It’s important to note that Bruce High Quality is widely considered to be a fictitious artist, which only adds to the intrigue of the group. In short, The Bruce High Quality Foundation is an anonymous artist collective that strives to create provocative art that exists on the fringe of an industry, which often tends to focus on commercialization. They are creative rebels, guerrilla artists, and social activists.
Over the years, The Bruce High Quality Foundation has attracted attention due to its subversive and strange works, and its upcoming exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum should be no exception. The installation is titled, The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001-2013, and will run from June 28th through September 22nd, 2013. The group’s unofficial tagline is that the exhibit will “feature less than 17,000 works of art,” a comical example of the collective’s essence. The exhibit will showcase “original works of photography, painting, sculpture, and video, along with key texts and documentation of previous site-specific projects,” and is one you should definitely visit if you plan on spending time in New York City this summer.
Take a look at this “trailer” for The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s Brooklyn Museum exhibit to get an idea of the campy, humorous aesthetic that the group often employs.