This year, regional art museums kept the ball in play with the fun tradition of regional Twitter wars in artwork and taunts, noted on MassLive in the run-up to Super Bowl LIII. Once again, from New England, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston had some stingers for the opposing team's J. Paul Getty Museum, in Los Angeles, and vice versa. The MFA was assisted by the Gardner Museum, the Clark Art Institute and the Davis Museum: see the meme action here.
Even with politics souring a national pastime, among other feelings, who can resist a bicoastal match-up...at least between art musuems? *Yawn*, on Sunday, the New England Partiots won their sixth Super Bowl title, prevailing over the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3. It was the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever, and snoozeworthy overall.
The highlight of the game was an Andy Warhol appearance! During a commercial break, Burger King repurposed documentary footage with the late and great artist...eating a Whopper, dipping it in ketchup, with the message #EatLikeAndy. That spot generated another 15 seconds of fame for Andy---with around 100 million viewers.
A wager between museums of an art loan, based on their home team either winning or losing, was not immediately apparent. MFA Boston and the Clark Art Institute have already played for New England in recent Super Bowl wagers. The MFA sent John Singleton Copley’s portrait of patriot Mrs. James Warren (Mercy Otis) on temporary loan to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2018 after the Patriots lost to the Eagles.
If a wager materialized, The Getty had a few options for loans in its Twitter war with the MFA: a ram-decorated lamp that looks like a deflated football, for one.