Art World Missed Connection: Amorous Looks Trump Aesthetics at the Gugg and Whitney

Much like last week, the latest batch of Art World Missed Connections concerns a pair of Manhattan museums — this time the Guggenheim and the Whitney. At the former, a young man found himself distracted from the black-and-white Picasso by a fellow museum-goer, and at the latter an art enthusiast looking for a primer on American modernism got a serious case of heartache instead.

In his post, “Whitney Museum – m4w (Upper East Side),” the author recounts a too-brief interaction with a fellow attendee of a party at the Madison Avenue institution. He writes:

I spoke to you briefly at the Whitney last night. I asked you for particulars about the event, but you said you weren’t the best person to ask. Then your friend whisked you off to get a drink. I’m pretty sure that you were the best person to ask. You made me blush for no reason! I wish I had gotten to talk to you again but I had to go. So, in deference to intuition & in response to lingering looks, I’m writing this in the hope that you’ll respond.

This particulars-seeking poster should invite the too-modest art aficionado of his dreams to a context heavy show where she can really shine, for instance “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980” at MoMA PS1. And then whisk her off to get a drink at nearby cocktail haven Dutch Kills.

Meanwhile, at the Guggenheim, a twentysomething was more taken with another visitor than Picasso’s monochrome renditions of Marie-Thérèse. His post, “Guggenheim museum Saturday – m4w – 28 (Upper East Side),” reads:

We were at the Guggenheim museum Saturday evening around 7pm or so. We were towards the end (top) of the museum and were in sync as we viewed the last paintings. We had several looks back and forth and there was some chemistry in the visual exchange. You are gorgeous, fill in what you remember so I know it’s you.

For maximum contrast, we’d recommend that these two rekindle their loaded glances over paintings with a more stimulating palette, preferably Mickalene Thomas‘s Brooklyn Museum exhibition, “Origin of the Universe.”

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Derrick Murray, “Heart,” 2007. Via YourPaintings.)