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Would you go to the museum or art gallery in the nude if you could?

Asked by Bellatrix (21242points) March 29th, 2012

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney are going to have an after hours opportunity for people to attend the museum in the nude. The exhibition is about fear and embarrassment and you have to be naked to attend.

I don’t think this would enhance the ‘museum’ experience for me. Pretty sure there would be some old fossils on display but I don’t know that I want to see that sort of exhibit. What about you? Given the chance would you attend a public gallery or museum naked?

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augustlan's avatar

I couldn’t do it. I’d be way too self-conscious. Maybe folks who already live a nudist life-style would enjoy it though.

fundevogel's avatar

I’d probably have to psych myself up but I would definitely want to take part.

I’d want to take a page from Laci Green’s book and shave my pubes into a shark and dye it rainbow. I’m just waiting for the right excuse.

Bellatrix's avatar

Shark shaped, rainbow pubes… long as there are no teeth involved I think it could be a winner!

You are so brave @fundevogel. I don’t think there is enough alcohol on the planet to get me to the museum nekkid.

fundevogel's avatar

@Bellatrix I’ve seen a lot of naked people in art classes and it gave me a wonderfully realistic understanding of the scope of human bodies and beauty. I think people would have a healthier perspective on the body and beauty if there was more nudity. It distorts perception when all us norms are all supposed to keep ourselves wrapped up as if we’ve got something to hide and only the hollywood approved bodies are considered worthy of disrobing.

rooeytoo's avatar

The human body just is not that attractive. Besides that I do not want to sit on a bench where someone’s naked bum has been planted moments before. It sounds like madness to me. There was a show going around Australia called Penis Puppetry, 2 guys did strange things with their foreskin on stage. I thought that was totally bizarre, now there are 2 older, not overly attractive women who have a stage show where they do things with their drooping breasts??? Is this entertainment? What is this world coming to? And it has nothing to do with modesty or puritanism, it is a question of good taste and appreciation of real beauty of real art, not dangly bits on humans.

Bellatrix's avatar

I do agree with you in principle @fundevogel however, I think some of those naked bodies would distract me from the official exhibits in a good way and some, in a not so good way. :-) I would absolutely applaud those who had the guts to put it out there and be part of the experience though.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Participate? Never.

I’ll watch the inevitable security camera video that will be leaked onto youtube.

fundevogel's avatar

@Bellatrix “I think some of those naked bodies would distract me from the official exhibits in a good way and some, in a not so good way.”

In my experience museum and gallery events aren’t really about exhibits. They’re parties. You see all sorts of wacky things there that aren’t art. My best art opening sighting was the night I spied Barbara Streisand and some sort of large shaved dog. Unfortunately they weren’t together.

elbanditoroso's avatar

The thing about nudity. One person along might be embarrassed. When you have a hundred (or a thousand) naked, average looking people with normal bodies walking around, the single person is not longer the focus of attention, and it’s just a flock of pink fleshy people running around.]

In short,when you are one of a crowd, it doesn’t matter.

For those who have said “no way” -have you ever been to a nude beach? Same dynamic. After about 2 minutes – it just doesn’t matter.

flutherother's avatar

If I were at a nude art exhibition the exhibit I would take most interest in would be the door.

Blackberry's avatar

I would also need to psych myself up, but I would do it. The problem is I put my hands in my pockets when I’m nervous sometimes, so I’m not sure what I would do with my hands if I didn’t have pants on.

Keep_on_running's avatar

Only if paid a goodly sum of money, say in the region of one million dollars…

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Blackberry I’m having a harder time with where I put my car keys.

wildpotato's avatar

Absolutely – sounds like an interesting event. I love nude beaches, so I can’t imagine this would bother me. elbandito is correct, for you folks saying it’d be embarrassing or distracting – when there’s a bunch of people doing it, nudity is pretty blase.

@fundevogel Nice video, but I feel tricked! Now I really want to see a rainbow pubes shark.

Blackberry's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Especially if there’s a lot of keys and trinkets on them….

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Blackberry 9 Keys and a Rite Aid card.
@Bellatrix I guess I’d do it for a friend.

marinelife's avatar

No, I would not.

iphigeneia's avatar

They did the same thing down here at MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art) earlier this year. The sessions were fully booked. Definitely not something I would do myself, but I can see how people who are attracted to the idea would find the experience enlightening, liberating or fun.

jca's avatar

uh, no.

Aethelwine's avatar

I have no desire to walk around nude (unless its at a nude beach). I like wearing my comfy clothes. I also like having pockets to put my hands in.

Sunny2's avatar

Brrrr. All that space is hard to heat.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Only if it’s warm!

mazingerz88's avatar

Only at the Louvre and only in front of the Mona Lisa. I would give that lady a hard-on she’ll never forget. Lol.

6rant6's avatar

I could go. Would not want people I know there.

I would not expect to enjoy it in a straightforward way, but it would definitely be a very different and relatively benign kind of experience.

blueberry_kid's avatar

As long as if you wouldn’t judge me for my love-handles of awesomness.

Then yes, I would go nude.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@mazingerz88 – I’m sure Mona Lisa has seen it before. Consider the half – smile on her face…

fundevogel's avatar

@wildpotato Sorry, would merkin madness make up for the disappointment? NSFW

Facade's avatar

Sounds like a great self-esteem exercise. Sure.

ucme's avatar

Nah, time & a place.
Would be hideous to see all those old relics & less than impressive erections, not to mention naked patrons.

Plucky's avatar

Tee hee, not a chance.

Bent's avatar

uhhh…. no.

rojo's avatar

You know, this is not something that I have ever considered but, what the hell, sure.

Berserker's avatar

@fundevogel I’ve seen a lot of naked people in art classes and it gave me a wonderfully realistic understanding of the scope of human bodies and beauty. I think people would have a healthier perspective on the body and beauty if there was more nudity. It distorts perception when all us norms are all supposed to keep ourselves wrapped up as if we’ve got something to hide and only the hollywood approved bodies are considered worthy of disrobing.

You’re awesome. Damn good points, which I guess I never really thought of before. I think you’re right, it wouldn’t be so wrong and taboo if we weren’t made to think that nakedness is abnormal.

I might attend the museum, but despite what I learned in this question, I’d be pretty nervous and shy and shit. But if everyone else is naked, it probably isn’t that bad.

Lol it’s kinda funny that they don’t let you in if you’re not naked though. Take it off or gtfo!

Only138's avatar

I like nudes. :)

linguaphile's avatar

raises one eyebrow…

The concept, I totally get, but I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to contribute to the fear and embarrassment vibe.

fundevogel's avatar

@Symbeline Thanks, I’d like to join this lady, storming the castle in the name of nudity for all. Though maybe not if it involves stepping on dead people.

Berserker's avatar

’‘huge eyes’’ Whoa. What the heck is this a painting of? It rules!

iphigeneia's avatar

It’s Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People. Isn’t it amazing?

fundevogel's avatar

What @iphigeneia said. Liberty’s the one with the tits.

Berserker's avatar

Liberty’s rack is certainly amazing. Kick ass painting.

Only138's avatar

@Symbeline Hecks ya, I’ll follow chicks who have their rack hangin out. :)

rooeytoo's avatar

I don’t even like running in less than a sports bra, can’t imagine the lady was comfy and secure going into battle half nekkid. Looks like some male’s wet dream!

fundevogel's avatar

@rooeytoo I think allegorical figures are known for their pert bits and invulnerability to mortal weapons.

rooeytoo's avatar

@fundevogel (what happened to your whiskers, did you singe them on the stove? I saw a guy yesterday who had a real mustache like yours, I had to stifle a giggle. I know you think it is wonderful, but I thought he looked ridiculous!)

Well there are a lot of skinny athletes with very “pert” bits and they still wear sports bras. Even an ounce can bounce uncomfortably. I think she looks ridiculous and not at all invulnerable!

fundevogel's avatar

@rooeytoo I finally had to face the fact that it was silly and if I wanted to be taken seriously I would need to sacrifice the whiskers. From now on I’m taking my cues from the GOP, if you can’t find it on a Republican you won’t find it on my face either.

rooeytoo's avatar

I never got mustaches, another thing to thank Magnum P I for, baseball caps on adults and a renewed interest in facial hair.

Shippy's avatar

Yes I would sounds like a fabulous idea.

blueberry_kid's avatar

I would go nude with a mustache and beard drawn on my face, posing like the Thinker.

anartist's avatar

In good shape, I will easily strut my stuff. In bad shape, no way.

I wonder if the museum instructed folks in proper nudist etiquette. @rooeytoo A nudist must always carry a small towel to put under bum/cunt/cock when he/she sits down.

And if one wants to get comfortable with the nudity of the average Joe/Jane, nothing like visiting a family nudist camp [not the trendy clothing optional spa]. A lot of homely people walking around starkers.

Me I was most baffled by a vigorous game of tennis with cocks and tits swing wildly—couldn’t figure out why that didn’t hamper the person’s game, and I was most uncomfortable with the evening soirees where everyone piled on the jewelry [and nothing else] and bunched up close, drink in hand, for cocktail chatter. But the worst was a wedding—everyone was naked except the bride’s parents who flew in for the event.

I don’t know who was more embarrassed, the naked guests or the clothed parents of the bride. But the parents were at least not em-bare-assed.

rooeytoo's avatar

@anartist – naked tennis, with appendages swinging, what a mental image! The mind boggles, heheheh!!!

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