The Museum: The museum known as MOBA will never be mistaken for its acronymically similarly New York cousin, MoMA, or the Museum of Modern Art. The Museum of Bad Art has procured a collection of nearly 400 pieces, many from the trash, with a mission “to bring the worst of art to the widest of audiences.” Its main gallery, so to speak, is in the basement of the Dedham Community Theatre, in Dedham, Mass., appropriately located outside the men’s restroom.
The Exhibits: One of the museum’s most popular pieces, The Athlete, is a drawing—made entirely with crayons and pencil—of an ancient Olympian in a pink toga and hurtling a discus. One of the more disturbing paintings is that of a young woman staring blankly ahead, holding the bloodless, severed head of a horse (the artist, apparently, had an “inability to deal with the hindquarters.”)
The museum’s schedule depends on the schedule of the Dedham Community Theatre; see www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com for showtimes.