Sideshow Podcast: Kickstarting the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum
The two decided to open a museum in their shared apartment -- they already had a perfect useless hallway, all they needed was money. They turned to Kickstarter, asking for "$75 to print photos at Duane Reade." They raised over two thousand dollars. More impressive still, they collected dozens of artifacts and works of tribute art from Kerrigan and Harding fans.
The museum has a sense of irony, but its true nature shifted to a more sincere place once the art and artifacts started pouring into the curators' Brooklyn apartment. Harkins and Olen invested their Kickstarter funds into lights, paint, and various fixtures to properly present their rich collection, from dioramas and figurines to cross stitches and autographed memorabilia from the two figure skaters. The museum became a tribute to the triumphant and tragic stories of two world-class athletes. "These are people who are alive and have been haunted by this for so long," Olen says. "The only thing we're making fun of is ourselves."