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Art World Missed Connections: Finding Love at MoMA, IFPDA, and in Columbus’s Living Room

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The devastating passage of Superstorm Sandy wasn’t enough to wipe out art-lovers’ penchant for pining and romance, as evidenced by this week’s batch of Art World Missed Connections, which include a pair of encounters at or near MoMA, another at the 2012 IFPDA Print Fair, and the second such post from Tatzu Nishi’s living room atop Columbus Circle. Let’s start there.

In his steamy post “Columbus Circle Statue Art Room – m4m (Columbus Circle),” a man recalls his flirtations with a younger man inside the Public Art Fund project:

We stood high above the ground in a work of art, looking at a work of art, a massive sculpture of a young man, Christopher Columbus. You were younger, with longish hair (brown) and a longish face (artistic, handsome), and a long lithe easy body). We commented on the statue, flirted with our eyes — at that first moment we were carnal. You wore a black leather jacket, blue jeans and a yellow t-shirt. I was older, also handsome, also tall, not quite so tall as you, younger you, but also friendly with an easy smile and ready sex, wearing a dark blue Central Park sweatshirt and corduroy pants. I was tethered to friends, a couple. You were with three friends, also gay, but none, I think, noticed our “conversation.” Then one of them, three young men together on a couch, had you sit down, and you did, beside where I was lounging. He asked me to take a picture of the four of you. I did. But looking through the camera I only focused on you. You sent me a sign. Those lips: I wanted to kiss you, too.

Well, we’re not sure these two need date advice, exactly — probably just a visit to a living room that isn’t also a public art installation — but just in case we’ll recommend they pay tribute to their photographic encounter by meeting at the International Center of Photography on Friday evening, when entry is by donation. (On a semi-related note, a very poorly substantiated rumor suggests that Christopher Columbus may have been gay.)

In his post “MoMA, 5th Flr, Sun 10/28 – m4w – 40 (Midtown East),” a middle-aged man sweetly recounts bumping into a woman while they perused the museum’s Post-Impressionist collection. He writes:

MoMA, 5th Flr, Sun 10/28:

Looking closely at the strokes of Seurat & Van Gogh, I turned and bumped into you behind me. I apologized placing my hand lightly upon your arm and we continued together around the gallery never speaking…

Romances brought on by art history are our favorites. For these two we recommend a museum date at the Metropolitan, whose holdings of both van Gogh and Seurat are quite extensive.

Meanwhile, the following day, a young woman who’d just left MoMA posted the missed connection “MoMA, Abercrombie, Calgary – w4m – 29 (Midtown East),” recalling a subway ride with a young (possibly Canadian) Abercrombie & Fitch employee. Her sweet post reads:

Met you a couple of weeks ago at the 5/53 street e/m stop. I was coming from the museum, you were getting off work. We spoke until 23rd – totally a long shot but it seemed silly to not have gotten at least a name considering you told me a bunch of other things! Wouldnt have considered posting but walked by that abercrombie the other day and figured that no harm could come from giving this a go.

The most intriguing thing about this post — aside from the question of whether the writer is a MoMA visitor or employee — is what the title’s reference to the Albertan metropolis of Calgary has to do with anything. Beyond that, we suppose a fashion-oriented art outing is probably best for these two, perhaps to the Museum at FIT’s “Ivy Style,” which is in many ways a history of the campus fashions that Abercrombie & Fitch has been cannibalizing for decades.

Lastly, we have the brief item “asian guy at print fair friday – m4m – 40” from the Park Avenue Armory booths of the IFPDA Print Fair. Its author recalls encountering a mustachioed man (incidentally, HAPPY MOVEMBER!) in his short recap:

you had a great mustache and were with two older ladies, our eyes met a few times. i would like to chat with you sometime…

This type of post really strokes our mustache the wrong way, being so vague, but we’d suggest these two bond over their love of facial hair by meeting up at Pace Prints’s Chuck Close show, which features many of the hyperrealist’s portraits, which include of self-portrait of the artist sporting his trademark beard.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Detail from Sir Terry Frost’s “It is True,” 1989. Courtesy the Tate.)

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  1. hey Benjamin!

    you might like my art project, in which i look for love USING art. the idea is to visualize the man of my dreams, draw him, and share the picture with the world. it’s somewhere between an Oprah-ish “manifest your destiny” and pygmalion.

    http://www.helpmefindhim.tumblr.com

    in love with love,

    danny

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