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After a trip to the Museum of Modern Art on a sizzling day in July, I started to notice everyone was walking around taking pictures of art. Forced by security to carry my camera and out of spite I took photos of art, the interior of the museum and then became fascinated with all the other people taking photos. Images were then found thru flickr of museum goers that visited around the same time as my journey. The book was presented to the marketing dept of the MoMA, appreciated by some, and then I was asked to join their new flickr group in December. I joined.


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    Mi MoMA! (write above).


  • Mi MoMA!07.19.08New York, NY.____________

    A ziney thing to inspire art.

  • Mi MoMA!A quick trip thru the Museum of Modern Art. Turns into a four hour (inspirational) photo shoot & book. New Directions, surveyed new approaches to art in the 2oth Century, featuring Andy Warhol, Franz Kline, David Schriggley, and a few others._I didnt want to bring my camera because I felt it would be annoying and intrusive to others. Butsince I was forced to by security, I felt like it was my obligation to take photos of what I liked. It didnt help that everyone else in the building would just walk around & in front of you take photos with there fckin cellphnes! _ A little frustrated by the situation, I decided to take close ups of the pieces I liked (thus blocking someone elses view) trying to capture the viewers in the reflection. Other times, I would just pan out and photograph the viewer standing directly in front of the artwork. At this point, the museum goer became more interesting than some of the work. _To stay in the MoMA for this long was a great way to spend a ninety-six degree day. The artwork will be altered & hopefully I will not get sued. Enjoy.

  • The Lazor.SM_Youll have to excuse my interviewing technique, Ill be honest I havent interviewed anyone since the third grade and

    that was just my grandma. Hopefully this will go just as well

    (when its done we will eat ice cream). _What you thinkin? I

    think its ridiculous to take pictures of art, but a lot of people do

    it and it becomes really interesting when you think about why?

    Is it to own that artwork, capture or record the moment (I was

    here kinda stuff), check out the process behind how it was made,

    or catch peoples interaction with it? Mine was based on spite

    but then I really enjoyed it. > Whats behind your photos? What are you trying to capture? ML_Different things, actually Sometimes I simply want to take the art home with me. Ill do this usually if its a piece

    that is sort of unknown or rare and I may never see it again

    anywhere. And if I love it, I may really want to keep it around

    for future inspiration. _Other times I am trying to bring home

    a detail of a piece I like or an element thats caught my eye. The

    first time I saw some Picasso works I was weirdly enthralled by

    his signature. It struck me as almost more personal than the

    piece itself. I took photos of Picassos, Klees, Warhols, and oth-

    ers back in those days while I actually still like to shoot (and

    touch) Basquiats when I can. (On the pieces he took the time

    to sign, that is)._Lastly, Im often times cropping a section of

    the piece with my shot. Sometimes its because I find a section

    interesting (as mentioned above), but a lot of the time its be-

    cause its fun. Its almost like creating an entirely new piece of

    art. Its cheating I know, but sometimes it still looks cool. (This

    sort of relates to your question below).

    _ I was a little annoyed when other museum goers would walk

    in front of me, stop and start taking photos of the work with their

    cell phones. So annoyed I started shooting them instead of the

    artwork. >Whats more important when youre at a museum, seeing the work and really appreciating it or just taking a photo of your cousin standing in front of one piece and moving on to the next?

    _ Appreciating it. Not sure if this really needs explanation.

    *Not really I think I just wanted to vent a little more about the

    whole process of being in museums, besides its fun when some-

    one interesting stands in front of you and can snap away.

    The first Mi MoMA! interview took place via internet to ensure that both parties would sound as smart as humanly possible. Interviewed by Scott Massey. 12.04.08

    001 Interview with Matt Lindauer:

    _When Im at a museum, I seem to get all these ideas running

    through my head (I need to do this, I need to work more on my

    own stuff or damn I did that same thing and it just sits under my

    bed). By the time I get home, it seems like those ideas or motiva-

    tion are gone. >By taking photos of art that inspire you, can you prolonging these ideas?

    _ I guess that could be so. I know that I used to go to LACMA

    and sit in the permanent modern art rooms and draw some of

    the pieces I really liked. Id copy elements from Miro or Klee

    and bring them home with me where theyd usually turn up

    in pieces of mine. Sometimes theyd be transformed and muti-

    lated and sometimes theyd stay remarkably close to their origi-

    nal form. _But I definitely get that same feeling of inspiration

    mixed with urgency mixed with need. Its exhausting being at a

    great gallery or museum, and staying too long never works out

    well. Better to hit them up in short bursts. Even the big places.

    Get a membership and just go more often.

    _What do you think about people that sit in museums for hours

    just sketching, writing, and collecting their thoughts. I was a hat-

    er before my last experience, now Id recommend it to anyone in

    the creative field. >If you could temporarily move Rent Control to the MoMA, what section would you move it to and why? (www.rentcontrolinc.com)

    _Well, I guess by my last answer you can see that I think going and drawing at a museum can be great. Its not a coffee shop so

    I wouldnt go and read or try to work, but sometimes you see

    things that you just need to draw or write about right then and

    there. _If I had to pick a spot at MoMA it probably be an area

    where theres Picassos and Miros and other art where there are

    lines and shapes and elements that can float out of the pieces

    and into different ideas and settings in my world. Picassos bold

    lines. Miros biological shapes. Paul Klees bugs as I like to call

    them. I like seeing things in Basquiats paintings that are almost

    code, but that I feel I understand on a deeper level. Like Ive no-

    ticed the same thing[s] as he did, or been hurt in the same way

    or felt the same feelings. And sometimes you just need to get

    that down on paper right then and there. _One note, I would recommend doing this, if possible, during the least busy time

    of the day and week, and maybe even the least crowded area

  • Cntd.of the museum. Its more meditative to immerse into art and try

    to feel the details in a piece when youre not surrounded by a

    never-ending parade of tourists or, even worse, tours. _Couldnt

    agree with you more, when I finally reach Pollocks painting I

    really just wanted to sit their and look at every drip, smear and

    splash of paint. Unfortunately, there was a tour parked there for

    longer than I was willing to wait. More time during my next trip

    will be spent sitting on the floor with a sketchbook.

    (Last section)Ive been doing research thru flikr, http://flickr.com/groups/

    moma/pool/ theres a lot of images taken at the MoMA and

    daily people are uploading new files. Its interesting to see how

    the same pieces are interpreted by people, different angles, some

    cropping the work and others panning out. A lot of them claim

    not to be artists, but they seem to be taking artistic license in the

    way that the art is captured.>Is a photograph of a piece of artwork considered a work of art or is it simply a reproduction? Should we be sued for reproduc-ing these images with the intent to sell?

    _ This was an area I dealt with while in art history class in col-

    lege in Arizona. The class as a whole was getting very extreme

    in their opinions and worked themselves into a mob mentality

    about the reproduction of art. They were militant in their views

    that there shouldnt be ANY reproduction of art. That the origi-

    nal should be all that there is. Period. I pointed out that, while

    Mona Lisa pillow cases and Monet playing cards are saddening,

    capitalistic outlets, without reproductions wed never be able

    to see most of the art the world has to offer. How many people

    would be able to see the Pieta in Rome, the Mona Lisa in Paris,

    or Guernica in Spain? _Or better yet, to be able to see all of

    them? _I dont think that a simple photo of any of the above

    pieces, or any others for that matter, is necessarily art, however

    I would never say that it couldnt be. Im sure someone could

    do something meaningful with a photo of someone elses work,

    famous or unknown, and wed be moved and even inspired by

    it. Im sure someone could, has and will. _ I found a couple that

    were pretty amazing, one that sticks out in particular was posted

    by arvindk and named Dali I See You.

    _In our day and age, everyone gets a point of view (last week I watched a twelve year old on youtube teach how to make a sail-

    boat out of folded paper, I had to watch it 3 times before success-

    fully making a recognizable dingy). Not exactly a point of view

    but hes out there for everyone to see. It seems like everyone has

    the desire to become famous or to be heard.

    >How & who should determine where it stops? _I think culture/society will determine that on its own. People

    hated Duchamp and still hate Koons. People thought Lich-

    tenstein drew cartoons, Pollack spilled paint, and Twombly

    scribbled. No single person or government or critic or or-

    ganization can, or should, ever claim to know whats right or