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Collecting Free Art In the MoMA Bathrooms

At 7pm on Friday night, eight ushers dressed in head-to-toe Andy Warhol for Uniqlo camouflage outfits set up shop in the Museum of Modern Art’s bathrooms. Stationing themselves by the sinks, they handed out collages that blended images of contemporary art pieces by Damien Hirst, James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Marina Abromovic and Jeff Koons with warzone photography.

The works were the brainchild of new media artist Matt Starr, the same man behind this fall’s secret happening, Limited F*cking Too, but his name was nowhere to be found. The only reference to Starr was a small sticker on the pieces saying "in collaboration with the artist." For all these unsuspecting visitors to the bathroom knew, the MoMA itself could have been behind the stunt, working with these world-famous artists on an exclusive, one-day-only exhibit inside the lavatories. But really, it was just a pop-up performance by a ballsy 25-year-old artist trying to spark a conversation about the place of modern art.

Fifteen minutes into the performance, the security had caught on and shut everything down, confiscating as many photos as they could and kicking out the camo-wearing kids. But as the troupe was being escorted out of the museum, a second plan was forming. They waited outside until the museum closed at 8pm and starting handing out the collages again. Swarms of visitors walking out excitedly collected the images asking, "Do you have a Kusama?" and "Where do I get a Koons?" Maybe they thought the exhibit was planned by the museum or maybe they were just interested in anything free. Either way they were excited and actively participating in art for the masses.

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