Tight On Wall Space, SFMOMA Will Text Its Art To You Instead : All Tech Considered The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art can only display a fraction of its collection at any given time. Now, you can text a word or emoji and the museum will send back a corresponding work of art.
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Tight On Wall Space, SFMOMA Will Text Its Art To You Instead

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Tight On Wall Space, SFMOMA Will Text Its Art To You Instead

Tight On Wall Space, SFMOMA Will Text Its Art To You Instead

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

So here's a way to go to the museum without actually going to the museum. Send a text message to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the museum will send back an image that matches your mood.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It really happens. In fact, some of our editors gave it a shot.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Send me some teacups. It actually looks quite inviting. It's a glass teacup, and you can see a milky cup of tea through it.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: Send me bicycles. There we go. There's just a bike. It's in a forest with a very bare tree. And it looks like there's some laundry hanging beside it.

GREENE: So it works.

The museum's Keir Winesmith says this displays artworks that are too numerous to hang on the walls.

KEIR WINESMITH: So SFMOMA has about 34,000 works in its collection. And a little under 2,000 of them are on view at any one time in the galleries.

INSKEEP: Now people are asking for lots of artwork themed on things like love and happiness and flowers. And, of course, dogs and cats - sort of like Instagram, but with art.

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