This “Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi” Art Show Is Legit Happening

Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen are two Brooklyn-based comedians, besties, and roommates who love pop culture just as much as the next Galore girl.

Except they sacrifice their apartment hallway in the name of culture in conjunction with art. “The Olsen Twins Hiding From The Paparazzi” is the latest show they’re raising money for, featuring a collection of paintings depicting the Olsen Twins doing just one of the things they do best. Which is hiding from the paps.

The duo first made waves when they invited the world into their apartment hallway to experience The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum, an exhibit dedicated to the legendary figure skaters, inspired by the ESPN documentary 30 for 30: The Price of Gold.

So why focus on the Olsen twins? Here’s what Matt and Viviana had to say:

“Thrust in front of the camera before they could make a choice, the Olsen Twins have been a national brand since they were babies. We envied them, revered them, we gazed upon them. As adults they are now badass business women who facilitate their lives to be as inaccessible as possible. In a world of ‘I trip at the Oscars, I’m JUST like YOU,’ they hide in towers we can only assume don’t exist on any maps.”

Here, Chicago-based artist Lauren Collins paints one of the twins hiding their faces, accompanied by their signature accessory: a Balenciaga bag.

If you like what you see, check out Matt and Viviana’s Kickstarter.

Other ‘cultural programs’ featured at the THNK1994 Museum will include a “Real Housewives Symposium”, a reading series with a spotlight on fan fiction, and “Sia-Cycle” (a cycling class dedicated to Sia).


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