News Recap: May 27, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Teen Pranks Museum Visitors with Fake Artwork
On a visit to the San Francisco Museum of Art, 17-year-old T.J. Khayatan left a pair of glasses on the museum floor hoping to trick visitors into thinking it was a work of art. Khayatan and his friends were unimpressed by some of the more esoteric works of art, including a stuffed animal on a grey blanket, and were amazed when museum-goers gathered around the glasses and photographed them, thinking that they were a “readymade” piece. The teens documented their antics on social media and the prank quickly went viral having been retweeted over 47,000 times.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

Catholic League Threatens to Slash Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s Funding Over “Anti-Christian” Art
Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission member Benito Loyola has deemed pop surrealist artist Mark Ryden’s painting “Rosie’s Tea Party” “anti-Christian.” The painting is included in a survey exhibition of Hi-Fructose Magazine’s first ten years. Loyola has taken issue with Ryden’s depiction of an offbeat, satirical Catholic ritual, believing it to be “anti-Christian bigotry” and threatening to reduce the museum’s funding. The media attention has attracted the attention of the Catholic League head Bill Donohue, who has issued a letter to the museum’s director. At this time, the museum has refused to remove the painting.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Museum of Modern Art Acquires 162 Photographs from the Robert B. Menschel Collection
Longtime MoMA trustee Robert B. Menschel has made a promised gift of 162 photographs to the museum. The collection includes works by 69 photographers covering over 150 years of photography. Notable photographers include William Henry Fox Talbot, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Aaron Siskind, and more. This fall, an exhibition culled from the 500 photographic works acquired with his support will be mounted to honor Menschel’s contributions. 
Read the full story (MoMA)