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Moments of amusing incongruity

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Most of the time there’s no reason to wonder why art museums put up ‘hello, parents!’ warning labels near certain works of art. No big deal. But on a recent trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art, this incongruity struck me as slightly amusing…

Below: A still from Omer Fast’s The Casting. The Cleveland Museum of Art bought it last year. It’s on view now. (I’d link to the exhibition, but I can’t figure out how. I wasn’t sure this was possible, but Cleveland’s new website is less usable than MoMA’s.) Update: A reader helps out!

This is the warning label that the museum has installed outside the black-box space in which it has installed The Casting.

This is Jacques-Louis David’s lascivious Cupid and Psyche, one of the highlight’s of the CMA’s collection. It is installed in the museum’s European collection galleries.

There’s no warning label anywhere near it.

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  1. This link should get you to the exhibition at CMA’s website.

    http://clevelandart.org/visit/Exhibitions.aspx?pid={AEC08F02-BCD3-4DCB-B14B-EF7956445520}

  2. heh, of course, the whole story of Cupid and Psyche is one big parental warning: warning Psyche about Cupid’s crazy mother.

  3. It’s ridiculous is that Cupid is covered up!

  4. Haha, that is priceless!

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