A Pair of Glasses Left on the Museum Floor Was Mistaken for Art

By Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.
May 26, 2016 Updated: May 26, 2016

A number of visitors to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art were tricked into thinking that a pair of glasses was an art exhibit, when it was just left there by some pranksters. 

The prank was inspired by some of the artwork at the gallery, which appeared to differ little from everyday objects. 

“Upon first arrival we were quite impressed with the artwork and paintings presented in the huge facility,” TJ Khayatan told BuzzFeed. “However, some of the ‘art’ wasn’t very surprising to some of us…We stumbled upon a stuffed animal on a gray blanket and questioned if this was really impressive to some of the nearby people.”

Believing that people there would take anything as art, Khayatan placed a pair of glasses on the floor and walked away. 

Sure enough, soon people started treating it as a work of art, keeping a distance from it, and some even took pictures. 

“I like to think they imagined the floored glasses to represent the dumbing down of culture, or perhaps the viewing of life through a lens, possibly with a nice, lower-case title like ‘myopia‘ or ‘real eyes (real lies),'” Khayatan said. 

This isn’t the first time Khayatan has successfully pulled off this prank, having previously executed the same stunt with a baseball cap and pin.

Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.