Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's legacy earns its own museum
We’ve all seen Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on TV shows, movies, music videos, CDs (remember those?) and countless other merchandise. But do you know one thing we haven’t seen them in? A museum. Luckily for us, two Brooklyn-based comedians, Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen, are setting out to remedy that for us.
But don’t expect Harkins and Olen to paint the Olsens as America’s sweethearts. The two comedians plan to highlight the fact that the twins are the anti-relatable celebrity. Harkins and Olen have observed that the twins no longer try to be adorable or attainable to anyone — including their fans. Not even the nostalgia of Full House could get them to agree to act again.
The exhibit is currently crowdsourcing its funding through Kickstarter and already has more than a quarter of the money needed. The completed exhibit will include paintings of Mary-Kate and Ashley by Laura Collins. The art is part of an original series by Collins called "The Olsen Twins Hiding From The Paparazzi." You might have guessed that these paintings show the Olsen twins hiding from paparazzi.
If the comedians reach their goal, the Olsen museum will open in April for two weeks. However, the Kickstarter campaign includes two stretch goals that, if reached, would stretch the exhibit longer. Which, let’s face it, is something we all need.
I certainly don’t want to tell you what to do with your money, but is there a better way to spend $10 than supporting an art exhibit that celebrates the fact that Mary-Kate and Ashley have acted wildly disinterested in their fame for over a decade? It’s brilliant and a little bit ridiculous. And if Fuller House can get funded, surely this can get enough backers.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to log in to my Kickstarter profile.