Interior of the dollhouse
The main staircase inside Joanna Fisher’s dollhouse; photo: Jenna Bascom

During the COVID-19 lockdown, New York arts patron Joanna Fisher got a bright idea. Inspired by Venice’s 15th-century Palazzo Gritti, she commissioned a dollhouse from British set designer Holly Jo Beck and set to work decorating it.

“While this was a solitary exercise,” Fisher recalls, “it somehow brought me closer to people all over the world, creating its own social network, balancing out the isolation of this pandemic.”

She proceeded to commission micro-artworks from such artist friends as Michele Oka Doner, Federico de Francesco, Veronica Gaido, Peter Gerakaris, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Ryan McGinness, Tatyana Murray, Antonio Pio Saracino, Hunt Slonem, Darren Waterston, and Dustin Yellin.

Now the Museum of Arts & Design is hosting the dollhouse’s public debut through September 26, 2021.

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