NY Art Museum to Open Exhibit of ... Smells
Chandler Burr explains the world of 'olfactory art'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 2, 2012 3:50 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York shows Chandler Burr, former New York Times scent critic, and now the museum's first curator of olfactory art.   (AP Photo/Museum of Arts and Design)

(Newser) – You won't be able to go and see the special exhibit the New York Museum of Art and Design is opening on November 13—but you will be able to go and smell it. The show, The Art of Scent: 1889-2012 is a first-of-its-kind exhibition of what Chandler Burr terms "olfactory art." Burr, a former scent critic for the New York Times, is the world's first and so far only curator of nostril-based artwork, and he sat down with the Daily Beast to talk about the field.

When he gives reporter Blake Gopnik a sniff of one work, Gopnik just smells perfume. But to Burr it's a "portrait" of a woman being stabbed—"and it is the smell of her blood, running down the blade." Another work depicts the city of Siena, in what Burr calls "one of the most accomplished, technically virtuosic realist works I've ever smelled." But will museum-goers, more accustomed to using their eyes than noses, get all that? "This is probably as far afield as we've gone in terms of experimentation," MAD's director concedes. For the full interview and profile, click here.

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Nov 3, 2012 9:22 AM CDT
scents are evocative. the can provide a fast lane back to the past. i still remember the smell of the mustard yellow paint my father used to paint our lawn chairs and the smell of oil on the dirt of our garage. to this day whenever i see that yellow color i'm taken back to childhood. same if i happen to come across some oil soaked dirt. very powerful, scents.
Nov 3, 2012 8:19 AM CDT
Rummy the Bummy and Lyin' Ryan have already stunk up the entire country with their bulls*it. And the republicon minority is eating it up. When the republicons finally get their heads out of their asses next week, President Obama will have already been re-elected. Enjoy.
Nov 2, 2012 5:26 PM CDT
Doesn't beat Robert Barry's 1969 "Telepathic Piece". Whenever I go to museums I'm always unlucky enough to be in the room when someone is "crop dusting". If they let one loose during this show someone will be in for a rude awakening. You know the critics will never notice until they are halfway through deciphering the scent. Gives a whole new meaning to s#itty art. Still a great idea though, hilarious.