Any way you look at it, The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA), which opened a pop-up gallery at the PopUp Republic Pop-Up Marketplace in Brookline Village last month, is going to be putting some of its 600-piece collection up for auction at the pop-up shop at 2 Brookline Place on September 25th. Viewing will start at 6:30, with the first piece scheduled to be auctioned off at 7:30.
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Scott Cipolla, the Pop-Up Marketplace curator who herself has created seven pop-up galleries and has a BFA in painting from Boston University, said she is not sure what to make of people’s fascination with MOBA’s works. “As I watch people slowly walk through the gallery, taking time to read the captions and interpret the works for themselves, they seem almost liberated. They can have their own value system, saying something is good or bad without feeling the pressure that most art galleries bring to bear,” she said. “Mostly, though, they just laugh.”
Jeremy Baras, PopUp Republic’s CEO and founder of the pop-up marketplace, said that “unlike at other art museums, I see many parents bringing their children, who enjoy the art as much as the adults do.” Baras feels the auction is a great opportunity for would-be art collectors to start their portfolios. He also admits to being somewhat near-sighted.
MOBA, whose slogan is “Art too bad to be ignored,” is hoping to raise funds from the auction to be able to keep replenishing its collection of bad art. In keeping with the night’s theme, guests are being asked to rummage through their closets and wear their worst, most ill-fitting or mismatched outfits. The worst outfit will win a prize -- a rejected piece of art from the MOBA collection along with an official certificate of rejection!
For further information, contact Scott Cipolla at email@example.com.