The Fisher Dollhouse: A Venetian Palazzo in Miniature
November 7, 2021 - January 21, 2022
Joanna Fisher is a New York-based arts patron and collector. When the city went into lockdown, she felt her world shrink…and embraced it, literally. For this project, Fisher enlisted the talents of dozens of celebrated craftspersons, designers, artisans, and artists. The house itself was made to order by British set designer Holly Jo Beck. The stunning Murano-style glass chandelier came from glass artists Mario Ramos and Mariana Grande in Madrid. A painted bombe chest and bust of Julius Caesar are by David Castillo, a miniaturist in Barcelona. Fred Cobbs, a revered miniature metalworker in Georgia, made a range of tools and other items, from a watering can to a wine vat to an espresso machine. Most extraordinary are the miniature works of contemporary art created by ten prominent international artists, among them Dustin Yellin, Ryan McGinness, Hunt Slonem, and Veronica Gaido.
The Fisher Dollhouse installation also includes exquisite replicas of a festival tent, a gallery tent, and a grotto tent containing micro artworks and other whimsical details that reward close looking. A project begun in isolation that expanded Joanna Fisher’s world far beyond her own walls, the Fisher Dollhouse is now open for all to inhabit and enjoy.
The Fisher Dollhouse: A Venetian Palazzo in Miniature was curated by Caroline Hannah and organized by Hendrik Gerrits, deputy director, exhibitions and operations.
This exhibition is made possible through Joanna Fisher’s support and efforts.
Photography by Tyler Sizemore and Jenna Bascom