Visitors to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art fell victim to a prank this week and were convinced that a simple pair of glasses on the floor was a postmodern masterpiece.
“Upon first arrival we were quite impressed with the artwork and paintings presented in the huge facility,” 17-year-old TJ Khayatan said. “However, some of the ‘art’ wasn’t very surprising to some of us.”
“We stumbled upon a stuffed animal on a gray blanket and questioned if this was really impressive to some of the nearby people.”
Working on the theory that people will stare at, and try to come up with an artistic interpretation of, anything inside a gallery, Khayatan put down a pair of glasses and simply walked away.
Within minutes, a small crowd gathered around the glasses, keeping a respectful distance from the piece. Of course, the cameras came out so people could get detailed shots of this work of art.
“I can agree that modern art can be a joke sometimes, but art is a way to express our own creativity,” he added. “Some may interpret it as a joke, some might find great spiritual meaning in it. At the end of the day, I see it as a pleasure for open-minded people and imaginative minds.”
LMAO WE PUT GLASSES ON THE FLOOR AT AN ART GALLERY AND… pic.twitter.com/7TYoHPtjP8
— teejay (@TJCruda) May 24, 2016
Khayatan’s tweet of the experiment has been retweeted more than 50,000 times and comments came in quickly:
Some even had fun making their own faux modern art descriptions of the exhibit.
A lot of people want to know about the writing on the white papers stuck to the wall above the glasses.
One of the ladies caught on camera appreciating the exhibit even got called out on Twitter.
Is this the next big trend in art? Can an apartment be a gallery, because people have all sorts of crap all over the place in their apartment.
Most people thought it was a brilliant way to poke fun at modern art and gallery dwellers.
It’s not the first time Khayatan has had fun with people at an art museum, having done something similar with a baseball cap. Seems like anything can be modern art if you put it down and start taking pictures to draw a crow