All you have to do is message the words “send me” followed by words or an emoji representing something you’d like to see (ala, “a mountain") to 572-51, and within seconds you’ll get a response. It’s pretty awesome. Not to mention, a good way to get a quick art history lesson in the moments you'd otherwise spend Tinder-ing or scrolling through Instagram, which, no matter how many pretentious gallery shows suggest to the contrary, is not really art.
Naturally, I tried my three favorite emojis first.
Unfortunately, I only got a response for the last one.
Next, I tried a few basics.
Then I tried repeating a request for "a city" to see what would happen. On my second try, I was happy to recieve a pretty dope William Eggleston photo.
I also used this opportunity to answer the unanswerable question: "What is art?" The result was an Ansel Adams photograph of Albert M. Bender, who was a patron of the arts in San Francisco. Which is kind of a cop out, if you ask me.
Finally, even though it felt really gross to type, I asked SFMOMA to "send me a woman."
'Vertical and Receding Lines'?! What the hell is that supposed to mean?! Classic art.