Jun. 16th, 2011

I heard on the radio this morning about what I thought must be the best thing to have happened at the MFA:
Tonight, just before 7 p.m., a group of Boston artists installed a “renegade exhibition” in a pair of bathrooms at the Museum of Fine Arts.
But apparently this artistic rebellion was an echo of another one I'd just never heard of:
it was a reenactment marking the 40th anniversary of a historic event known as “Flush with the Walls.”

On June 15, 1971, six Boston artists pulled their own Banksy maneuver with the first MFA men’s room exhibition. They even printed invitations on toilet paper saying, “When you gotta show you gotta show.”
Well, that seems like a good tradition to keep alive. I guess it's disappointing that the MFA didn't go along with it, but in a way their dour opposition allows the artists to be rebellious, so perhaps they're just dutifully fulfilling their role.

I also like this tidbit from The Globe's coverage:
Cook, shaggy-haired and with a package of prints tucked in his suit pants, appeared
Surely that's true art in action.

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