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January 28, 2010 11:57 AM   Subscribe

It's not uncommon for the mayors of two cities locked in sports competition to make friendly wagers. But, do the cities' art museums do too? Apparently, they do.
posted by Leezie (26 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is smart, creative publicity. And the high-brow trash talk is hilarious: "we have no farm scenes or portraits of football players to send you." The kicker is that Indianapolis Museum of Art actually owns a farm. (It's part of the IMA's endowment.)
posted by Juicy Avenger at 12:10 PM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Heh. Nice.
The IMA's had that Turner for eons. It's pretty cool.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:10 PM on January 28, 2010


I'm made very happy by this.
posted by French Fry at 12:11 PM on January 28, 2010


For the first time in my life I actually care whether or not we win a football game.

Huh.
posted by bookwo3107 at 12:11 PM on January 28, 2010


"At one point, Anderson asked for NoMA’s portrait of Marie Antoinette by Élisabeth-Louise Vigee Lebrun, which, via the museum’s Twitter account, Bullard said was “too fragile to travel, much like Favre,” a dig at the Vikings quarterback whom the Saints beat in overtime on Sunday" - WSJ
posted by Juicy Avenger at 12:17 PM on January 28, 2010 [8 favorites]


I love the trash-talking. Awesome.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:18 PM on January 28, 2010


Indianapolis and New Orleans have art museums? How do they keep the patrons from wiping boogers/puking on the Patrick Nagel prints?
posted by Mayor Curley at 12:24 PM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


What, the NOMA won't risk an egg for this one?
posted by Pollomacho at 12:47 PM on January 28, 2010


Indianapolis and New Orleans have art museums?

Can't speak for Indy, bu the NOMA is actually a pretty nice museum in a beautiful setting.
posted by Pollomacho at 12:50 PM on January 28, 2010


Mayor Curley: New Orleans only hosts the largest biennial of contemporary art in the US, you know. And the Saints would gladly beat the Patriots' ass again.
posted by raysmj at 1:04 PM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


During my Katrina hurrication, one of the few bright spots was stolen moments daydreaming about breaking into a powerless NOMA to steal their Odd Nerdrum...
posted by Ian A.T. at 1:08 PM on January 28, 2010


Maylor Curley: hopefully they keep art in a vaccum where only cynical snobs can view it and keep it safe from the unwashed footballs, fannypacks and boogers of the masses.
posted by Juicy Avenger at 1:12 PM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Mayor Curley, the IMA is actually all kinds of super awesome.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 1:23 PM on January 28, 2010


Mayor Curley: New Orleans only hosts the largest biennial of contemporary art in the US, you know.

Good thing Thomas Kinkade is so prolific!

I'm totally kidding. I've heard that New Orleans is a wonderful place. If I decided to visit the South, it's the first place that I'd go.
posted by Mayor Curley at 1:32 PM on January 28, 2010


God, I love museum people.
posted by kalimac at 1:39 PM on January 28, 2010


This is pretty brilliant and amusing. Art directors, curators of all sorts, I highly recommend this practice.
posted by empyrean at 1:56 PM on January 28, 2010


Who dat say they prefer the contrived and painfully prosaic scrawls of Ingrid Calame over the delightfully alive and soul lifting works of celebrated impressionist Auguste Renoir?
posted by gordie at 2:02 PM on January 28, 2010 [7 favorites]


> Good thing Thomas Kinkade is so prolific!

I'll see your Robert Mapplethorpe and raise you a Margaret Keane. P.S. that chalice is pretty hideous. If the Indy museum is enduring any financial hardships right now (what museum isn't?) wouldn't this be the perfect moment to insure it to the hilt and then lose it in transit?
posted by jfuller at 2:43 PM on January 28, 2010


I look forward to seeing "Ideal View of Tivoli" in person. It looks lovely, as best as I can judge from the thumbnail.

Trash talkin: am I doin it rite?
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 2:56 PM on January 28, 2010


In other wager news: Lifelong WWL radio sportscaster Buddy Diliberto promised in the early 90's to wear a dress if the Saints ever made it to the Superbowl. (Diliberto also started the fad of wearing paper bags over your head, a statement since adopted by some other franchise fans). Sadly, Diliberto died in 2005, so his son, former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, and the current holder of Diliberto's old job will keep his promise for him.
posted by localroger at 3:10 PM on January 28, 2010


Through the magic of photoshop, the Times Pic has managed to get Buddy D in the dress.
posted by Leezie at 3:19 PM on January 28, 2010


Anti-social art students around the world in turtlenecks and berets are hurting on the inside again. Art, once again, is ruined and decided upon by another damn pep-rally. This time, though, its called The Superbowl.
posted by hal_c_on at 3:54 PM on January 28, 2010


So that is what happened to Max Anderson after he left NYC.
posted by R. Mutt at 4:35 PM on January 28, 2010


Sadly, Diliberto died in 2005, so his son, former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, and the current holder of Diliberto's old job will keep his promise for him.
Um, Bobby Hebert isn't Buddy D's son.
posted by govtdrone at 5:42 PM on January 28, 2010


Yeah, I had to read that twice, too. It's three separate people that will don dresses: Buddy's son, Abdul Tentmakur, and the cajun cannon.
posted by gordie at 6:01 PM on January 28, 2010


I phrased that ... poorly. I will now spend twelve internets hunkered in shame.
posted by localroger at 7:04 PM on January 28, 2010


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