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Met 2.0: Philippe Ogles Etch-a-Sketch; Tom Wants You to Ape the Art

Remember my Don’t Drop that Duccio! post, where I poked fun at the publicity image, below, of the Metropolitan Museum’s then director, Philippe de Montebello, caressing the mega-million Duccio with his bare hands?

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Well, now that the museum has initiated the “It’s Time We Met” advertising campaign, it’s time Philippe met Chris Canahui, who posted this photo on the museum’s own Flickr page:

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Photo by Chris Canahui

If you follow the links from today’s online NY Times piece by Carol Vogel about the Met’s promotional contest for its Flickr-inspired advertising campaign, you will see that the photos favored by the Met’s web talent scouts are those where visitors try to imitate the artworks. I just hope that competitors for the $250 prize don’t start striking silly reenactment poses all over the Met. This could get really annoying:

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Photo by Ellen Wright

It’s bad enough when tourists insist on standing in front of a masterpiece for souvenir photos, when you’re actually trying to look at it. Have you ever attempted to gaze at the Museum of Modern Art’s big Jackson Pollock on a weekend? It cannot be done:

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I just hope no one at the Met is going to try to impersonate this:

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Mangaaka Power Figure (Nkisi N’Kondi), second half of 19th century
Democratic Republic of Congo or Angola, Chiloango River Region; Kongo

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