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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Museum of Bad Art

If you are traveling through New England this summer, you may want to take a side trip to Dedham, Mass. to visit the Museum of Bad Art. It is located in the Dedham Community Theater, “just outside the men’s room” and is open when movies are playing.

The MBA boasts that it is “the world's only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms.” It solicits donations to “help us to bring the worst art to the widest possible audience.”

Since taste in art is so subjective, we wonder how the curators decide what to acquire. Are there art masterpieces that you don’t like? Let us know.

In the meantime, browse some of our books on critiques of art (the good kind).

The Private Life of a Masterpiece by Monica Bohm-Duchen

Becoming Mona Lisa: The Making of a Global Icon by Don Sassoon

Old Masters: Great Artists in Old Age by Thomas Dormandy

The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology by Donald Preziosi

Paper Museum: Writings About Paintings, Mostly by Andrew Graham-Dixon

Don’t Miss . . .
Wednesday, July 23, 7 p.m.
Local mystery authors discuss their latest book in the award-winning series, Chesapeake Crimes 3. Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Free; registration required, call 703-768-6700. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Martha Washington Library. Listen to Library Director Sam Clay’s podcast interview with two of the contributors.

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