Date of Submission

Spring 2016

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Written Arts

Project Advisor 1

Porochista Khakpour

Abstract/Artist's Statement

The Museum takes the form of a novel. It has a window carved into its steel garage door for the viewer to observe and puzzle over the assortment of ephemera inside the small space. Mia, a girl who does not know her roots, ends up working as a research assistant for the reclusive author who owns the museum. Her life becomes increasingly more chaotic and unstable as the author, Mr. E, sends her and her newborn daughter on an absurd scavenger hunt through Manhattan. Mr. E constructs each of Mia’s assignments around the plot of the novel that he is currently writing as well as the corresponding artifacts she must find for the museum exhibit. As Mia continues to spiral further into the mystery of uncovering Mr. E’s identity and the meaning of the objects inside the museum, she begins to question her own identity as she sees herself reflected in her daughter. The convoluted entanglements between author and reader continue as Mia realizes the role she has been playing.

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