Instead of a museum retrospective that ends with a lavish pop-up gift shop, why not turn the gift shop into the exhibit? That’s basically what the Whitney’s doing. For its new show, “Eckhaus Latta: Possessed,” the friendly, jeans-clad staffers — called “performers” — will retrieve works hanging from the wall for visitors who want a closer look. Not only that, but you can touch, try on and buy the screen-printed T-shirts, hand-painted linen suits and intricately woven garbage-bag skirts that the young avant-garde designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta made specifically for the exhibit, on the Whitney’s free, first-floor gallery through Oct. 8. The limited-edition merch ranges from $60 T-shirts to about $7,000 for a Technicolor, plastic shirt that took Latta 800 hours to weave together. Even the changing-room curtains, mirrors and hangers are museum-worthy — done as they are by the designers’ artist friends, such as Whitney Biennial alum Susan Cianciolo. “The best museums give us the chance to step outside of the everyday and think about something — like shopping for a T-shirt — anew,” the Whitney show’s co-curator Lauri Freedman tells The Post. “We didn’t know what the show was going to be, but when we approached… Read full this story
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