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To Tell the Truth – The Guggenheim Museum Episode

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In this episode of “To Tell the Truth,” I describe several purported examples from a recent exhibit appearing in the main atrium of The Guggenheim. The items depict real persons and objects, shown in full-size, in an extremely odd and often macabre settings. Your task here is to determine which of our pictures tell the truth about the exhibits, and which may come from my deep, dark, demented imagination.

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In this episode of our version of "To Tell the Truth," I describe several purported examples from a recent exhibit appearing in the main atrium of The Guggenheim. The items depict real persons and objects, shown in full-size, in extremely odd and often macabre settings. Your task here is to determine which of my descriptions tell the truth about the exhibits, and which may come from my deep, dark, demented imagination.

[Reader warning: some of these pictures may be disturbing. The faint-of-heart may wish to shield their eyes.]

That having been said, let us proceed.

Case #1

As you enter the museum, even before you pay the admission fee, you see a full-size representation of a horse, hanging helplessly, from ropes wrapped around his torso, fifteen feet off the ground. Eyes still open, he has apparently met a dreadful fate.

Is this, literally, hanging, at the Guggenheim?

True or False? You make the call.

Case #2

Death comes to all, both large and small.

Perhaps after seeing the horse hanging at the Guggenheim, a squirrel goes home, sits down at the kitchen table, takes out a gun, and commits suicide.

Another exhibit in this collection shows the poor, deceased squirrel, lying, face-down at the kitchen table, with a gun on the floor at his feet.

Could this possibly be shown at the Guggenheim?

True or False? You make the call.

Case #3

The pope.... Pope John Paul II... most reverend... most holy... most respected.

This item shows the pope, clutching his staff, struck down by a large stone. Crippled, the Pope falls to the ground, writhing in pain, with the stone crushing his legs.

Say it ain't so.

True or False? You make the call.

Case #4

The KKK is on a recruiting drive... looking for members in the animal kingdom.

Looking to make a large, bold statement, they signed up an elephant, and dressed him in the traditional white sheet, California king-size, as was necessary.

True or False? You make the call.

Case #5

Apparently fixated on death, the exhibit shows at least six humans, mostly children, hanging by ropes, helpless, swaying in the breeze.

True or False? You make the call.

Case #6

Hitler Rises Again:

Oh, Adolph Hitler is hanging around, too. But, unlike the others, he gets a life-line. The full-size Hitler is suspended by a strap around his torso. Legs bent, hands crossed in front of him, with a scowl on his face, the Fuhrer looks like he has just ordered the death of another 100,000 citizens.

Could this be how the Guggenheim portrays Adolph Hitler?

True or False? You make the call.

Case #7

Titled "Celebration of Air," this piece of art is housed in an alcove on the outer rim of the spiral ramp, about three levels up. The 15x8 alcove is handsomely lit and contains, within its three walls, absolutely nothing... nothing but air. Breathe, admire, and celebrate... air.

And so this is art?

True or False? You make the call.

Regardless of how many you got right, you gotta' admit, this is one strange exhibit by a premier American museum. But what I have shown you here is just "the tip of th iceberg."

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