Museum indulges artsy spins on pizza
New York — There is now a museum for pizza lovers everywhere that’s popped-up in arguably America’s pizza capital, New York City.
The Museum of Pizza is dedicated to all things cheese and sauce, but there’s more to it than meets the tongue.
“It’s often that the simplest ideas are the best. And we wanted to use pizza’s ubiquitous appeal to get people through the door and looking at art and hearing about history in a different format,” said Alexandra Serio, content chief at Nameless Network, the group that baked the Museum of Pizza idea.
“Our approach to this Museum of Pizza is a fine art approach, so we went out to multiple artists contemporary in many mediums, and asked them for their interpretation of pizza,” said Serio. “And what we got back is — it ranges the gambit, let’s just say that.”
Located on the street level of Brooklyn’s William Vale hotel, the museum is an expansive, one-floor space that houses a wide variety of art, from giant photographs to sculptures to large installations that engulf visitors. And the pop-up museum, also known as “MoPi,” has drawn more than 6,000 people since it opened this month.
Another instantly recognizable attribute of the space is the bright colors that are weaved throughout the exhibits — perfect for taking social media-ready pictures.
“Honestly, I thought it would be like more of a museum at the beginning, with the pizza boxes and it kinda tells you when it was developed and stuff like that,” said Nene Raye, visiting from New Jersey. “Then I was kinda hoping they had something artsy in it because I love taking pictures. So this is a mashup of everything — so you get a little bit of education and then some fun, which I love.”
The pop-up museum, which costs $35 for adults but is free for kids under 5 and seniors, closes Nov. 18.
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