Is this art really as bad as the critics want us to believe?
I have always been a fan of Outsider Art as a genre, so when I recently discovered The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) online I was over the moon. MOBA is a community-based, private institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory. It is located in Boston, Massachusetts. MOBA was founded in the fall of 1993 and presented its first show in March 1994. The response was overwhelming. Since then, MOBA’s collection and ambitions have grown exponentially. Initially, MOBA was housed in the basement of a private home in Boston. This meager exhibition space limited the museum to being a regional cultural resource for the New England area. As the only museum dedicated to bringing the worst of art to the widest of audiences we felt morally compelled to explore new, more creative ways of bringing this priceless collection of quality bad art to a global audience. Another Boston-area cultural institution, Dedham Community Theatre, generously allowed MOBA the use of their basement. Their first permanent gallery is now conveniently located just outside the men’s room in a 1927 movie theatre. The ambience created such a convivial atmosphere, that when we went looking for a second location, the only place that was up to our quality standards was another theatre basement. The Somerville Theater in Davis Square, Somerville MA is now their second gallery.To this end, they now exhibit online (you found it!), publish an email newsletter called MOBA News, and offer the popular book Museum of Bad Art : Masterworks.
MOBA News is the leading journal in the field of bad art. It is published electronically and sporadically and is distributed free to Friends of MOBA in good standing. There is no better publication for keeping up to date with all late breaking developments in the world of bad art. Read about recent MOBA acquisitions and events, inside reports of controversial bad art issues, and editorials by leading authorities. What does it take to attain the coveted status, Friend of MOBA? A working email address and the ability to somehow tell MOBA what it is. They will then assume that you are willing to commit your life to bad art and will enroll you. Would you like to join this preeminent institution? You would have to be blind not to like this collection!!!
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