Gluttons for Punishment


If you were following our Twitter feed Friday and Saturday, you might have wondered whether we’d been hacked. Well, in a way we were—by Rainn Wilson, the actor known for his role as a second banana in My Super Ex-Girlfriend and the lead in The Rocker—a film I’ve not seen but is a modern classic, according to my thirteen-year-old nephew (who by the way claims that explosions, the television show Wipeout, and this youtube video are also “classic”).

Following his takeover we feel we should clarify a few things: we’re not selling our collection or bulldozing the museum, we don’t support the Birthers, we do not have any emoticon-based exhibitions in the works, and many artists in our collection are post-modern maximalists working in a pre-ironic milieu, not pre-modern reductivists working in post-irony—an inferior genre if ever we’ve seen one.

Mr. Wilson—sadly, not related to actors Owen or Luke, nor to Ann and Nancy of the band Heart, nor to the volleyball in Castaway (any of which would have made him way cool)—did get a couple of things right amid his hate-spewing under the guise of our name: There is an automotive museum across the street, and omg Justin Bieber is cute. Sooooooo cute.

(If you missed his takeover and want to catch up, check our twitter feed.)

Scott Tennent

8 Responses to Gluttons for Punishment

  1. c-mon says:

    what? no emoticon exhibits? i demand a refund!!!

  2. DeLia CA says:

    So his comments were not sanctioned by LACMA? I thought maybe it was a spinoff from Cell Phone Stories which I personally did not enjoy (but to each their own). All I have to say is Thank goodness for the Delete key!! Glad to see this update today!!

  3. abitnerdy says:

    Loved the Rainn taking over of @LACMA, twas hilarious and brilliant guys :)

  4. lacma says:

    DeLia – yes, it was part of Cell Phone Stories. Here’s more info: http://lat.ms/cC7OCF

    We are back to our regularly scheduled tweeting! –Scott

  5. Martina says:

    I loved Rainn’s tweets! My “real” job is in the art industry and sometimes we take ourselves a little too seriously – good on you LACMA for allowing him the freedom to push the boundaries :-)

  6. MS says:

    Rainn Wilson’s juvenile tweets were a waste of time and energy. I’m all for subversive art, but that was just plain stupid. He was given the LACMA forum to say something and all he could come up with was “museums are so boring” and a poo joke. Pathetic. I think it’s time to unfollow you.

  7. Marianne says:

    This whole Rainn Wilson episode (and tweets) was idiotic and juvenile. It made me unfollow you; question LACMA’s initiatives; and have even less respect for the Wilson character.

  8. kanye says:

    he’s so lame, and this “takeover” was so uninteresting. maybe next time…?

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