ForPatronsOnly

Art in the Service of Society

rock and roll hall of fame restroomAt the end of the last century, MoMA mounted a major exhibition, “The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect,” which commented on nearly every aspect of museums and the art industry. “For Patrons Only” contributes to this body of work. Here I invite the viewer to meditate on both museums and artistic movements by considering an overlooked but critical space in every museum - the restroom.  Simultaneously hidden and open to the public, one will find the mundane, the predictable, the surprising, the overlooked, the critical.I have been adding photographs to this series for over fifteen years.  Started on a whim, my first challenge has always been to make an interesting image. Limited by palette and a reduced number of elements, I look for something that may connect to the larger institution, or comment on it.  The photographs have also become part of my visual memoir, tracking my movement through the art world over the years. "MASS MoCA Restrooms a Postcard Portfolio" on sale at museum shop, Hardware, & Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson NY. Prints exhibited at MASS MoCA between Men's Room & Ladies' Room MASS MoCA Restrooms Postcard Portfolio by Karen Davis For Patrons Only Classics and Recent Work
New York Public Library 5th&42nd

New York Public Library 5th&42nd

National Building Museum, Washington DC

National Building Museum, Washington DC

Tate Modern, London UK

Tate Modern, London UK

National Portrait Gallery, London UK

National Portrait Gallery, London UK

 
Southside Gallery, Oxford MS

Southside Gallery, Oxford MS

The Louvre, Paris FR

The Louvre, Paris FR

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland OH

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland OH

Guggenheim, NYC

Guggenheim, NYC

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Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON

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Museum of Arts and Design, NYC © Karen Davis

Museum of Arts & Design, New York NY

     
Williams College Museum of Art © Karen Davis

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown MA

New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe © Karen Davis

New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven CT © Karen Davis

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven CT

Addison Gallery of American Art, No.Andover MA © Karen Davis

Addison Gallery of American Art, No.Andover MA

National Gallery of Art - East Building, Washington DC © Karen Davis

National Gallery of Art - East Building, Washington DC

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans LA © Karen Davis

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans LA

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Houston TX © Karen Davis

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Houston TX

The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin TX © Karen Davis

The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin TX

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga TN © Karen Davis

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga TN