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[Comments] (7) MoMA: Hadn't been to the MoMA before because I dislike paying $20 to go to a museum. I missed the "Dada at MoMA" exhibit because of that. Anyway, Andy came up with a scheme to get us in for free, and today we went together. Man, a lot of that stuff was lousy. There should be tighter standards for terms of art like "embedded". But the top floor made up for it with a Paul Klee room, some Picasso, and the first Duchamp I've seen in person. The Duchamp plaque gave the standard (false) story of Three Standard Stoppages (contra), but I've long since given up on expecting New York museums to change their signage in response to Stephen Jay Gould articles.

Also, you know Alberto Giacometti? He did those hideous (not in a good way) bumpy sculptures of really elongated figures. I hate those suckers, and they're in every single museum (Andy commented on this as well). And yet, MoMA has what's probably my favorite sculpture of all time, The Palace at 4 A.M., and it turns out that was done by Alberto Giacometti! The mind boggles!

TPa4AM is much cooler in person than in a dinky black-and-white photograph reproduced in an art book you saw in high school. I always thought it was a metal sculpture, but it's wood, which is great. And—let's be clear—it's got a pterodactyl.

PS: The Persistence of Memory is tiny! How did Dali cram all that graham, where graham=detail?

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Posted by Adam P. at Sat Feb 03 2007 18:52

Bah! I like the stuff that is on the "contemporary" floor right now, except maybe the room that just has a light that goes on and off every five seconds. That was kind of dumb.

Thank you for the link to the article about Three Standard Stoppages. The piece was actually mentioned in a reading for one of my classes last week, right along side Cage's aleatory stuff. It's nice to know the real story.

Posted by Leonard at Sat Feb 03 2007 19:12

While I was researching this entry I accidentally found out that that stupid light room (or something that had a similar name and the same idea) won some sort of award in England. That shit gives art a bad name.

Posted by Susie at Mon Feb 05 2007 10:39

What was the scheme?

Posted by Leonard at Mon Feb 05 2007 10:43

Rockefeller University loans out special admission cards to students which let you get in free with up to 4 other people. He borrowed one and we used it.

Posted by jaacob at Mon Feb 05 2007 13:28

at all sticker-based museums, i just ask people leaving for their stickers. i've never had any problems. also, have you ever seen a picture of giacometti? he looks like lance colvig, the gummy "wow, a penny!" bum from UHF.

Posted by Leonard at Mon Feb 05 2007 14:02

I'm pretty sure MoMA isn't sticker-based. That works at the Met though.

Posted by Susie at Mon Feb 05 2007 16:54

I'd probably let someone have my sticker if it was a supposed "donation" fee to get in.


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