Feb 25, 2016

Crazy Guggenheim


This is a drawing I did at the Rubin museum, a museum I actually like. So I decided to pay a visit to the Guggenheim museum one morning. There was a show there that was billed as witty and whimsical. I was a bit put off by the $25 cover price. But I traveled so far to get there that I just paid up. After I got my ticket, there was a sign that said I must check my knapsack. Never had that happened before. So I had to stand on a long line and wait to check my bag. Finally I was allowed into the museum. I was right next to the elevator, so I decided to start at the top floor. I figured it would be easier walking downhill. There was a family in the elevator with a little girl in a wheelchair. It stopped on the second floor and the dad got out. The door slammed shut on the mother and the little girl. They were stunned and upset. Of course it stopped on every floor on the way up. The top floor was full of rubbish on tables. I guess it was the artwork. As I made it down to the 5th floor, I was met by a woman in a suit and a clipboard who informed me that I was NOT ALLOWED to view the artwork from the top floors down. I didn't see anything that indicated this fact. She wanted me to go to the bottom and start over and work my way up. Then I was escorted to a stairwell and told I had to walk down the stairs. I skipped a floor and landed on the 3rd floor. From there I proceeded to run down to the lobby past all the other tables of rubbish and garbage. The problem was, I couldn't just exit because I had to get back on line to now retrieve my knapsack. I'm not sure I found anything to be witty. It cost me about $2.50 per minute that I was in there.

6 comments:

Mike Szwarc said...

You can find some of Skelton's Crazy Guggenheim clips on Youtube for free. No crowds, no elevators, no suits with clipboards telling you the order in which they must be viewed. Of course, Crazy Guggenheim was a drunk, so I'm not sure how witty and whimsical he was.

kane said...

He's the best

Luis Fernando Oliveira said...

Seems like a lovely place. Not.

Anonymous said...

Crazy Guggenheim was great. At the end of the skit he would sing a deep baritone song very unlike the drunk character.
Ed Beard

Patricia Wafer said...

Last week I watched a documentary about Peggy Guggenheim at the local Sundance theatre here in Madison. It was not her museum, of course but her uncles. I bet she would have let you look at the art while walking down. She liked handsome, interesting male artists so you would have had no problem!

Terry Banderas said...

Love it.