Below the bustling streets of New York City is a collection of artwork unlike any other. Hidden in an abandoned subway station is the work of one hundred and three street artists from around the world. It is widely known as The Underbelly Project and it took over eighteen months to complete. The location is a closely guarded secret and the exhibition itself closed on the very same night it opened. The unique nature of this project opens up our understanding of the museums’ purpose and function within society. The Underbelly Project seemingly rejects every norm of the traditional museum experience. However, the ritualistic quality of the Underbelly Project undeniably links it to fundamental principles of museums such as the ritual, the archive, and notions of collecting.
Perreault, Kelsey, "Hidden Histories and Collections: Discovering the Underbelly Project" (2015). 2015 Undergraduate Awards. 5.