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That dynamism has made the AAM Shop the go-to gift boutique for its curated selection of clever-cool hostess gifts, wry greeting cards, wearable art, children’s thingamabobs, and weird, wacky, sometimes rare catalogs and magazines. Highlights include limited-edition items designed by artists of past and present exhibitions: a unisex scarf printed with a Rodney McMillian painting, necklaces echoing Carlos Rolón’s chandelier artwork, playing cards turned camp by Tom Sachs, and one-of-a-kind “crystalized” books by Alexis Arnold. For kids, one might find sailing-ship kites, coloring posters, Japanese wooden blocks, even a rubber doodad that turns water faucets into drinking fountains. And the AAM Shop typically stocks more than one hundred publications on contemporary art, photography, style, and personalities, many via a collaboration with New York City’s revered nonprofit book mecca Printed Matter. Hurry, and you could even take home a piece of the museum itself: AAM visionary Shigeru Ban crafted just 100 custom vases from the same textile tubes that gird his award-winning architecture. 

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