Past Imperfect

A Museum Looks at Itself

A provocative look at the values behind a museum collection

“A . . . challenging exercise in archaeological excavation and re-creation, this show takes visitors back through layers of museum time in an effort to explain the aesthetic and social nature of the Parrish in particular and of museums in general.” —Roberta Smith, The New York Times

Based on the exhibition A Museum Looks at Itself, Past Imperfect takes us through the process involved as one museum, the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York, made itself the subject of an exhibition.