This is one of the most important things to me. I go visit it every month or so, Melissa and I went on Monday. The museum moved it a few years ago and I’m not very happy about its new home—in a vitrine on a wall, whereas it used to be in a horizontal table-like case. The spoon is next to the cup and saucer, not on the saucer as above. It’s also with like 6 other objects, and COME ON IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEY ARE. It’s true the Bride with Her Throat Cut is also in a grouping but THE CUP. I mean there are 900 giant Picassos being violent towards women everywhere, can you give us a fucking break with the cup? Does the museum even have a Leonora Carrington, I am now wondering? I mean Surrealist women is a thing they weren’t just totally part of the scene, you know? You could tell the entire story of Western Feminism with that piece. The teacup tells of empire and privilege and racial oppression, the fur is about exoticism and exploitation of resources for aesthetics and ok I sound like a junior in college* but seriously. It’s so beautiful and weird and problematic.
Meret Oppenheim (Swiss, 1913–1985)
Paris, 1936. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon
*Actually I just remembered I wrote a paper in grad school about MoMAs presentation practices because I am just that precious, god.