Sunday, April 18, 2010

Museum of Bad Art: A Tribute to the Best of the Worst

You've heard of MoMA, but what about MoBA?

Do you get tired of only going to "good" museums? Tired of only seeing flawless masterpieces? Have a taste for the quirky and weird? If so, the Museum of Bad Art might be just your thing.

I learned of the museum when I went to visit my sister Laura in Dedham, MA. We went to see the movie The Road  (based on the book by Cormac McCarthy) in the Dedham Community Theater. She said we might stop by the Museum of Bad Art after the movie. We didn't have to go far, as the museum is in the basement of the theater, located outside the men's room. Scattered around the one-room gallery is a hilarous collection of art mishaps.Some of the pieces produce a giggle, some a scratch on the head.

The art is bad in the way that something went wrong--very wrong-- in the creation of each piece. Some artists have a modicum of talent but just couldn't pull it off. Other artists.....well, we're just not sure what happened there. Check out the collection and see what I mean:

There is now a second MOBa gallery in the basement of a theater in Somerville, MA. If you are in the area, you must stop by. But if not, you can experience it via the website. You can even donate your own art, donate money, or become a guest interpreter.