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Your snotty attitude isn't worth $20.

by Jane (writer), Astoria, April 13, 2007

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I’m talking to you, Museum of Modern Art. Take your $20 admission price and stuff it. I know it’s not a popular choice to talk smack to/about a famous art museum, but I can’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 don’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 Art’s admission is suggested. That means you can get in for a penny if you want. Or, if you’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, “For her, it’s free.” To which I replied, “Why is it free for her?” And he actually answered “Because she’s beautiful.” 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 didn’t my friend defend me? That whore!) That’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.

Here’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 “when-am-I-going-to-be-in-[Paris/Rome/Toronto/Mexico]-to-see-this-again” 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. I’ve been to the tops of many buildings. I hate paying for it each time. But as a tourist, I’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, what’s the point?

MoMA, if you’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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By Annonymous on April 13, 2007 at 01:01 pm
If you like to visit MOMA on a regular basis, I suggest becoming a member. It's only $75 (4 visits) and you get free passes for your friends. So if you and a friend pay half you both can get in four times. As for the snotty attitudes, I agree 100%. If that is how you are treated when you visit, screw them and their Cezannes', Van Goghs', Matisses' and Kandinskys'. Audio tours should be free to all!!!
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By Annonymous on May 25, 2007 at 12:46 pm
If you're wondering why the Met is "cheaper" than the MoMA, it's because the Met is public (and therefore funded by the government and whatnot) and the MoMA is private. It isn't meant for tourists really but for its corporate sponsors and their employees (sad, but true). Also I think if you had to deal with the millions of people on Friday afternoons, half of whom don't understand English, then you would be "snotty" also. You should learn to distinguish the look between "snotty" and "frustrated" because as a person who works at a museum, I presume the MoMA employees don't get paid much either so should have no prejudice against "poor" folks. Also, I'm quite sure that audio guide at MoMA is always free, I guess that guy was just being stupid, which is unfortunate. $20 is quite expensive, if I couldn't get other museum staff tickets I probably wouldn't go.
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By Jane on May 25, 2007 at 01:31 pm
You get staff tickets? For realz? Hook a sister up!
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By Annonymous on May 25, 2007 at 03:03 pm
After what you said about our staff? No way, Jose!
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By Annonymous on May 25, 2007 at 03:03 pm
After what you said about our staff? No way, Jose!
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By Jane on May 25, 2007 at 04:43 pm
Then you have truly proved your snottiness. I will bid you good day!
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