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Art World Missed Connections: Museum Staff Edition, From the Guggenheim to MoMA

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After a couple of bad weeks, things are beginning to look up for Art World Missed Connections in 2013, as this week brings us four items related to three Manhattan museums — two of them implicating an employee, and another a potential employee. While we had expect that the long lines to see Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” at MoMA would have resulted in some memorable late-night flirtations, it seems that many still consider Picasso to be the most romantic artist. At least our opening pair of items from the Guggenheim suggest as much.

In her very forthright item “To Jeff at the Guggenheim – w4m,” a woman who visited “Picasso Black and White” on Monday evening recalls her exchange with a very helpful attendant. She writes:

At the Guggenheim tonight, you were working there, standing next to The Milliner’s Workshop painting, wearing a button that said “Ask Me About Art.” I did and a nice conversation ensued, about making hats and gossiping women. You invited me to ask you other questions and I wanted to, but didn’t want to ditch my friend. When I returned to the painting, you were gone.

Anyways, if you’re reading this, I was the girl with the dark, short hair in black and grey stripes. If you want to have coffee sometime, let me know :)

Firstly, we’d like to commend this museum-goer for matching her wardrobe to the exhibition. Secondly, we’d recommend these two meet up over another exhibition devoted to a 20th-century genius and staffed with exceptionally helpful attendants, “on Creating Reality, by Andy Kaufman” at Maccarone, where a different friend or family member of the late comedian’s will be on hand to answer questions daily.

On the same day, in the same exhibition, a man of exceptional height was taken with another woman dressed to match the black-and-white Picassos. His post, “tall man seeks loveliest redhead at Guggenheim Picasso- MLK day – m4w – 32 (Upper East Side) – 32,” reads:

Well i thought you were quite distractingly beautiful despite such a great exhibit- i should have said hello. i was the tall dark haired fellow, jeans and a green jacket; you were with some friends, wearing a long sleeve gray shirt and black jeans. talk soon if this happens to work somehow?

Well, this seems like a long shot, but then again aren’t they all? Let’s say these two do reconnect, though, they should head to the Metropolitan and have some Matisse to compliment their Picasso.

Meanwhile, much further uptown, a worker for an art shipping company made a delivery to the Studio Museum in Harlem and then penned out favorite missed connection of the week, “studio museum harlem (work) – m4w – 33 (Harlem / Morningside) – 33.” It reads:

shelly – i delivered artwork this morning to you and it was cold but you were warm and greeted me with smiles. i want to see you again. can we meet in secret – and see a movie while holding hands or let me write a poem about your curly golden hair and bouncy disposition while you eat cheese cake and giggle and look into my eyes? i will drop everything to come and see you – anytime – anywhere.

This gentleman’s vivid imagination makes the two previous items seem all the more mediocre. Kudos to you, noble art delivery man. If Shelly doesn’t take you up on your offer of cheesecake, we totally will.

Finally, we find an item by a visiting photographer who chatted up another photographer (aw!) while the latter was en route to MoMA for a job interview. The out-of-town photog’s post, “photojournalist – m4w (train to Brooklyn),” reads:

We talked briefly about photojournalism because I am a photographer too and you were going to a job interview at MOMA. I was in town visiting my brother. I really regret getting off the train without giving you my contact info or asking you out for coffee.

Well, as fellow photojournalism nerds, we’d recommend you check out Jean-Christian Bourcart’s arresting photos of Camden, New Jersey — one of the country’s most crime-ridden cities — at the Invisible Dog Art Center, after which you can go grab that coffee from nearby (and delicious!) Cafe Pedlar.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Detail from Georges Braque, “Still Life with Ace of Hearts,” 1914. Via Wikipaintings.)

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