Who says sports and the arts don’t mix? This year’s Super Bowl will bring out the best in city pride, and museums are joining in the fun. The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) have agreed to a high-stakes bet: the museum of the losing city will loan one work from their permanent collection to the victor.
The works in question, determined after much negotiation: From Indianapolis, it’s J.M.W. Turner’s The Plague of Egypt, a massive canvas from 1800 depicting the 5th plague.
From New Orleans, it’s Claude Lorrain, Ideal View of Tivoli, painted in 1644.
The negotiation has largely taken place over Twitter, each museum confident in their own victory. Of course, a certain amount of smack talk is expected. Max Anderson, head of the IMA recently tweeted “We’re already spackling the wall where the NOMA loan will hang.” NOMA retorted: “Perhaps our @18PeytonManning can deliver the Turner to @NOMA1910? Go Saints!”
The Super Bowl this Sunday will not just be the Colts vs. the Saints, but will pit one city against the other in a battle to the death. Or at least, a battle to the art.
Darcy Zacharias, CC ’10