Text Me ART

Sometimes you just need Art in your life, on your wall, and now on
your phone. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a great service for you.

"The Museum has just unveiled a novel twist on the picture of the day: Smartphone users merely text “send me” plus a word or two of what they want to 572-51 and the Museum’s servers spit out a related image from the institution’s 35,000 pieces of art." - NY Daily News

Text 572-51 with the words “send me” followed by a keyword, a color, or even an emoji and you’ll receive a related artwork image and caption via text message.

It's not perfect, though. Sometimes you have to try different words to get something close to what you want.

And there's no nudity - not that I think the gallery is prudish, I can just imagine the awkward conversations with parents of teenagers.

"The nude form has been part of artistic creation since the earliest cave paintings. But people who text “send me nudes” or “send me nude woman” receive this rather unartistic response: “We could not find any matches. Maybe try, ‘Send me San Francisco’ or ‘Send me waves’ or ‘Send me something purple.’” - NY Daily News

I like to ask for colors, seasons, even artists. But remember, you'll get no old masters here - this is modern art.

But, as I said, it's hit or miss. I'm grieving right now and feeling sad and wanted to see tears, crying, or melancholy, and all I got was a cartoon crying baby by Roy Lichtenstein - Doh!

Send me rain got a better result.

I also added it to my contacts as MOMA. 
 Sometimes I'll even share it on my Instagram
Because Art, like books, or the Big Bang Theory, can help make you feel better and add vibrancy to your life. 



San Francisco's MOMA texts modern art to suit your mood - Engadget

Want art? Just text — but don't ask for nudes! - NY Daily News

Send me a masterpiece: the museum texting its artworks to anyone ...

MoMA | Image and Text Permissions



  1. I love this!!! Can't wait to tell my art teacher!

  2. I could easily get addicted to this! Thanks so much for sharing it, Gwyneth. This is definitely a source to add to our images toolkits for student projects.


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