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Core Values

The text on a sign posted outside of the Hyde Park Art Center was the only advertisement for the exhibit “Signs and wonders shall appear” by New Zealand artist Maddie Leach. The work consisted of several milk crates full of apples sitting on a dock at Jackson Harbor, almost two miles away from the sign. Viewers had to make the trek. To demand this kind of persistence from one’s viewership seems to confront the usual one-way relationship between art and its audience, but visitors were rewarded; everyone could take home up to two pounds of ripe, delicious art objects. Leach humbly described her ideal viewers as “people who want to make pie.”