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Fooled again!

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A 17-year-old prankster fooled some visitors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art into thinking that a pair of glasses set on the floor was a part of the collection. They were simple black-rimmed glasses place on the floor. TJ Khayatan decided to perform this experiment because he wasn’t impressed with some of the displayed artwork and decided to take matters into his own hands. Wanting to test if people will stare at and try to interpret practically anything placed in front of them, he set a pair of glasses down and walked away. People soon began surrounding the glasses maintaining a safe distance from the “artwork” and began taking pictures. Khayatan adds that “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.” And I can’t seem to find myself to disagree with this opinion.

4 Comments

  1. mjose wrote:

    I gotta admit, this is pretty funny. I can’t believe people got fooled with this. I think it’s nice that he was not just trying to make a fool out of people who visit art museums, but he thought of those who are open-minded as well.

    Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm | Permalink
  2. rlacy wrote:

    Haha I’ve seen this before and got a good laugh out of it. Honestly I think it was a perfectly reasonable reaction to the glasses. With today’s modern art you don’t know what to expect.

    Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 8:04 pm | Permalink
  3. rcho3 wrote:

    I think that it really went back to Duchamp’s point of view on art on how both the artist and the viewer have equal parts in determining what is art. Who knows what the creators of Stonehenge had in mind while they constructed it? Would they be laughing at how much effort we take to revere the structure? In this case, the viewers obviously took more effort to understand the “piece” than the artist took to make it.

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:39 am | Permalink
  4. ttran35 wrote:

    I think contemporary artists don’t focus a lot on the products anymore, but the process. Same pair of glasses, done by a prankster and a serious artist wanting to convey something, can look exactly identical. You never know until the artist or whoever makes the art announces their true intention.

    Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:50 pm | Permalink