Reader James Kelley, in Chicago, found this in his Tribune a couple of days ago.
Lost in my archives somewhere I have the real version of this. There was an exhibition of contemporary photography at the Museum of Modern Art a number of years ago. By the entrance to the exhibit, off to the side, on its own stand, was a sign that said "Photography Not Allowed." It was the middle of a weekday, and there were very few people around, so I moved the sign to right in front of the entrance to the show and took a picture of both together.
The fact that mine was a photograph added a nice touch, because I obviously had to be doing what the sign was admonishing me not to do. Harry's version is funny too.
Thanks to James.
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jim: "I understand this when people try to use flash. In most cases the glass over the image will reflect the flash, ruin their photo, and, with accumulated flashes, harm the image being photographed. But when you use only the light the museum has used to illuminate the work, sculpture, antiquity, etc., it makes no sense to me. At all."
Ken Tanaka replies: By way of explanation here are the reasons why museums, by policy or show by show, restrict photography.
1. Rights: Many works on exhibit, particularly special shows, are likely lent by other institutions and individuals who have not (and should not) grant photographic permission for their pieces. Loan documents and conditions can be extremely specific, right down to the maximum foot-candle-hour exposure for artworks.
2. Exhibition experience: Of course flash photography is prohibited at nearly all major art museums. But not generally to protect art work. It's just a pain in the eyes to have flashes firing in a gallery.
3. Flow control: Flow through popular exhibits and museums can slow to a crawl when people are permitted to take snapshots. One person points a camera and five others veer around him/her out of courtesy. This can really screw up managing a time-ticketed entry event.
The Art Institute of Chicago permits non-flash photography throughout the museum except where rights restrictions are involved. We do often have exhibitions where only certain pieces are labeled with photographic restrictions but others are free to shoot. (It makes the guards real happy.)
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