Iâ€™m talking to you, Museum of Modern Art. Take your $20 admission price and stuff it. I know itâ€™s not a popular choice to talk smack to/about a famous art museum, but I canâ€™t help it. MoMA, as the kiddies call it, has been roasting my wad for years.
As a mostly unemployed person living in this great city, I donâ€™t have a lot of money. But as a brilliant and creative person, I have the desire to surround myself with as much culture as I can. Other institutions of culture make it easy to do this. The Metropolitan Museum of Artâ€™s admission is suggested. That means you can get in for a penny if you want. Or, if youâ€™re like me, you can see what color admission button people are wearing and then find one of the same color littered on the street outside the museum and get in for free. Such a method does two things: First, you get into one of the most famous and wonderful art museums in the world for free and secondly, you avoid the snotty look you would have gotten for paying a mere dollar to see the museum.
MoMA does not provide this. You must pay $20 and if you want to see it for free, you must go during the four-hour block on Target sponsored Friday nights where the million-person line is around the city and no fewer than 6 MoMA employees are required to give you a snotty look as you enter, you cheap bastard. Perhaps they simply hate working Friday nights. That, or MoMA just hires people with a general snotty disposition.
One time, I was visiting MoMA with an attractive friend. There was some exhibit that had an audio-guide option. My friend and I inquired about the price. The jerk working there looked my friend up and down, licked his lips and said, I swear, â€œFor her, itâ€™s free.â€ To which I replied, â€œWhy is it free for her?â€ And he actually answered â€œBecause sheâ€™s beautiful.â€ Excuse me? Who the hell is he to give away free audio tours to attractive people? Is this the kind of shady business that MoMA promotes as a way to view fine art? (And why didnâ€™t my friend defend me? That whore!) Thatâ€™s a gross way for anyone to behave, let alone the gate-keeper of the alleged finest modern art collection on the east coast. It's not a friggin' night club.
Hereâ€™s the way I see it: The Met is built for art and MoMA is built for tourists. The last time I spent $20 to see something touristy, I was a tourist. And I had that awful â€œwhen-am-I-going-to-be-in-[Paris/Rome/Toronto/Mexico]-to-see-this-againâ€ attitude with money. This kind of reasoning got me to pay roughly $20 to go to the top of the stupid CN Tower in Toronto. Iâ€™ve been to the tops of many buildings. I hate paying for it each time. But as a tourist, Iâ€™m duty-bound to do the touristy stuff. In my own city, I want a break. I want to be able to do cultural things for cheap. Otherwise, whatâ€™s the point?
MoMA, if youâ€™re going to be so snotty and foul to people, lower your prices so I can at least bask in your bad attitude while surrounded by fine art. Thanks.
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Copyright © 2010 Jane
Your snotty attitude isn't worth $20.
Copyright © 2010 Jane
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