Art by Derek Covington Smith
We could quote Kim Cattrall until the foul-mouthed cows come home. But one quote you might not recall is “Yama Kippi Yay Bo.” It’s from a little-known but totally epic video from 2004 of the actress scatting (in the jazz sense, sicko) while her husband plays the upright bass.
It’s also the inspiration behind a new art exhibit from the brilliant minds who brought us the Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum and the Olsen Twins Hiding from the Paparazzi exhibit. Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen’s Yama Kippi Yay Bo: A Celebration of Kim Cattrall is influenced by the khaki and denim outfit from the video, and it will be what they imagine her “non-primary pied-à-terre” looks like.
“Nothing has filled us with as much pure joy as this short video,” the pair told Mic. “No matter how bad a day you’re having, in 42 seconds this video can turn it around. When you meet someone else who has seen it, you automatically have your own language to communicate in. We wanted to build an exhibit that would be not just an ode to the video but to Kim herself and the amount of passion she carries into her work and her relationships. She is a true artist and hopefully this exhibit will show just how grateful we are that she exists.”
The exhibit runs May 5-June 3 at 1436 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Check out a glimpse of the exhibit in the video, below: