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Inside Member Tour of Kendall Messick’s Home Collection

On September 15, Aperture Members visited the home of artist, filmmaker, and collector Kendall Messick.

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Members had the opportunity to explore Messick’s impeccable historic town house in Jersey City, New Jersey, filled with collected photography, art, and antiques from around the world. Artists in the collection include Irving Penn and Robert Rauschenberg. Messick also discussed his project Impermanence, photographs documenting the remains of his art collection after a fire ravaged his home and belongings.

Messick’s book, film, and touring exhibition called The Projectionist explore Gordon Brinckle’s lifelong fascination with an era in American culture almost forgotten: the age of the grand movie palace. A highlight of Messick’s personal collection was objects and remnants from the “Shalimar” theater—such as the original 1940s-style box office—which was constructed in the basement of Brinckle’s modest Delaware home.

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