A unusual little Brooklyn museum targeted on the saga of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan has gained the “gold” that eluded the Winter Video games hopefuls — because it has grown so common in current weeks that it has been pressured to maneuver into an Olympic-sized new area.
Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen opened the THNK1994 Museum of their Williamsburg condominium in 2015 as a show of Harding/Kerrigan memorabilia, and the shrine has been boosted in a serious means forward of the Friday launch of a movie concerning the skaters’ feud, “I, Tonya.”
The museum is shifting to a devoted 2-story area in Crown Heights later this month — simply in time for the push of curious moviegoers.
“With all of the renewed curiosity within the story due to ‘I, Tonya,’ we’ve undoubtedly seen an uptick in guests. And the timing is ideal, since we’ve simply rejuvenated the gathering,” stated Olen.
The pair debuted the gallery after watching ESPN’s 2014 “30 for 30” documentary “The Worth of Gold” — which chronicles the conflict between Kerrigan, sweetheart of the skating scene, and Harding, her troubled, working-class rival.
Harding turned a tabloid fixture when her ex-husband employed somebody to bash in Kerrigan’s proper knee forward of the 1994 US Determine Skating Championships.
Kerrigan recovered in time to compete whereas Harding, regardless of not being charged with a criminal offense, noticed her profession and status destroyed.
“What we each ended up taking from [the documentary] was this shock that there hasn’t already been a film made displaying what Tonya Harding needed to undergo. This was the primary time we have been seeing it and we thought, properly, she’s nonetheless alive. It’s time for individuals to rethink this,” stated Harkins.
The curators, each 30, raised a number of thousand dollars on Kickstarter and crammed the 25-foot hallway of their house with mementos and paintings devoted to the athletes and the media circus that surrounded them.
Two years later, The THNK1994 Museum is now a everlasting gallery, the place the duo each work full time — and it’s even pinged Kerrigan and Harding’s radars.
“Tonya stated she’s heard of [the museum], she thinks it’s cool, however she’s not coming, which is completely effective,” Harkins stated. “After which someone from Nancy’s company got here and stated they thought it was absurd however enjoyable.”