Hats off today to New York’s Museum of Modern Art for its ability to have a chuckle at its own expense. The institution has tweeted a recent blog post featuring a rejection letter that the museum sent to Andy Warhol in 1956.

In the letter, the museum notifies Warhol that its collections committee has decided to turn down the drawing “Shoe,” which the artist had offered as a gift.

“I regret that I must report to you that the Committee decided, after careful consideration, that they ought not to accept it for our Collection,” wrote the museum’s Alfred H. Barr Jr.

“Let me explain that because of our severely limited gallery and storage space we must turn down many gifts offered, since we feel it is not fair to accept as a gift a work which may be shown only infrequently.”

At the bottom of the correspondence is a postscript: “P.S. The drawing may be picked up from the Museum at your convenience.”


David Ng
Culture Monster