About the Museum
First conceived in 1982, the Museum
of Find Arts began its life as an informal accumulation
of artifacts -- both two-dimensional images and three-dimensional
objects -- retrieved from oblivion: salvaged by an inveterate
scavenger from trash bins, dumpsters, sidewalks and other
such places. As a rule, they bear neither their makers' names
nor any indication of date of production or provenance; the
dates given with these works are the date of acquisition (that
is, the date on which they were found) and the place of their
discovery. The viewer is free to speculate about all aspects
of the work.
Since 1982, the collection has grown
to include the usual assortment of objets d'art: prints,
drawings, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media
works. These seem an adequate set of categories for organization
of the collection, at least for the present time.
The goal was always to find some way
to make the collection public, but not until the advent of
the World Wide Web did a simple, inexpensive method for that
appear. Now, thanks to this new communications technology,
the collection can be represented via this virtual version
of André Malraux's "museum without walls,"
and find an international audience. We think it deserves that
attention, and hope it rewards yours in return.
Please feel free to browse at your
leisure. Unlike most museums, the MFA has no rule requiring
silence -- in cyberspace, no one can hear you criticize. And,
so long as you keep your bottle of Windex handy, you're invited
to touch the art to your heart's content.
-- A. D. Coleman, Chief Curator