The Met Is Still Free

Sam Biddle · 02/26/16 04:13PM

The Wall Street Journal reports the end of a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Museum of Art—one of the greatest museums in the world, though still not as good as most museums in D.C.—that alleged admissions-price trickery. Now, the Met will use less misleading language about the price of entry, but the sign will still be wrong, because it costs $0.

Free the Art

Hamilton Nolan · 01/22/16 11:50AM

What good is a work of art that sits in a storage space, unseen by anyone? No good at all!!!

Guess What Happens When an Oil Company Sponsors a Climate Change Exhibit

Andy Cush · 06/02/15 03:15PM

“Atmosphere: exploring climate change,” the London Science Museum’s exhibit on global warming, is principally sponsored by Shell. You’re asking yourself: Hmm, Shell—isn’t that the name of some trendy “green” startup? No, it’s the same old Shell that fills your gas tank and that was responsible for 76 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions last year. What could go wrong?

Museums Have Rightfully Started Banning Selfie Sticks

Dayna Evans · 02/17/15 10:48AM

Let's set the scene: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, early afternoon, on a cold winter Sunday. You, an admirer of Impressionism, are taking in a portrait of a woman relaxing by the seashore, painted by French master Renoir. A metal pole and a man in a green Canada Goose jacket appear in front of the painting. He is flashing a dirtbag grin in your direction.

Detroit Can Keep Its Art

Hamilton Nolan · 01/13/14 04:38PM

Some people thought that Detroit, a city that is bankrupt, might have to sell off the valuable art in its art museum in order to help pay its debts. Detroit will not have to do this after all.

Paula Deen Is Getting A Museum But America Is Her Masterpiece

Caity Weaver · 05/24/13 04:00PM

Hi, y'all. Do you detect the scent of warm buttery toast, wafting in on a humid breeze from way down South? What you're smelling is the glorious butter-birth of the Official Paula Deen Museum, a tourist attraction recently proposed for Deen's hometown of Albany, Georgia. Just kidding. You're smelling toast because you're having a stroke.

The James Bond of Sweden Sells Spark Plugs: A Dispatch From the Nybro Action Team

Hjalmar Sveinbjőrnsson and Alex Bejerstrand · 04/05/13 09:20AM

The Nybro Action Team consists of Hjalmar Sveinbjőrnsson and Alex Bejerstrand, two under-employed roommates living in Nybro, a small industrial town in southern Sweden. Hjalmar is a chef; Alex takes woodworking courses. They offered to visit the James Bond Museum in their city and send us a dispatch, which we gladly accepted. We have lightly edited their post for grammar and punctuation.

George Lucas Wants to Build an Inspiring Art Museum in San Francisco

Maggie Lange · 03/06/13 02:05PM

George Lucas wants to build an art museum in San Francisco. And not just any old museum either, but one that explores the idea of "cultural fantasy." While the museum will house rotating exhibits of fine art, he said it will also showcase digital design and animation used in Hollywood blockbusters.

Max Goldman Wants a Bigger Dick

Leah Beckmann · 03/20/12 05:18PM

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum has launched a lovely exhibition in honor of the Jewish holiday Tu B'Shevat, or New Year for the Trees. One component of the exhibition includes a wishing tree that encourages people to write out and hang their wishes on the branches.