December 4, 1961

On December 4, 1961, the Museum of Modern Art installed Henri Matisse’s ‘Le Bateau’. It wasn’t until 47 days later that Genevieve Habert, a visitor, noticed the mistake and notified a guard. Nothing was done, so Habert called the New York Times, who in turn notified Monroe Wheeler, the Museum’s art director. Turns out, Mrs. Habert was right and the artwork was rehung properly. This set off a chain reaction throughout the world’s museums to ensure that all of their non-traditional artwork was hung correctly. Especially those done by Jackson Pollack.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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