Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thursday wackiness at Flushing Meadows

From Gothamist:

It looks like the Queens Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum are battling it out... on Twitter! It's impossible to say who is winning this publicity stunt war, but the Queens folk had a pretty good burn, posting the above pic and saying they found the Brooklyn Museum on their panorama.

Of course, the real battle will go down this Thursday, when artist Duke Riley gives the city's art dignitaries "baguette swords and watermelon cannon balls" in order to fight it out in "a flooded World's Fair-era-reflecting pool in Flushing Meadows Corona Park." The artist has constructed vessels and a fitting atmosphere in which to stage a gladiator-style battle between the museums (the Queens Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and El Museo del Barrio are all involved).


Erik Baard said...

I think Phillip "Duke" Riley's art battle recalling Roman entertainments will be fun. Also a savvy career move for him to get all of those institutions to gathering around his work.

I've been critical of his stunts on navigable waters because while we all expect accidents and whatnot, deliberately provoking authorities will undermine broader public access to our waterways. But this inland lake or pool action is all good fun and highlights the park.

Good on him.

Ridgewoodian said...

I heard about this yesterday and half my office wants to cut out of work early to see it. I'll be there, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

hold on, "Phillip"?