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(The New York Times)   Walmart heiress Alice Walton plans massive new art museum in Arkansas, complete with a collection of priceless Earnhardt tapestries and a full wing devoted to lead-tainted crapola from the exotic distant east. You know...Atlanta   (nytimes.com) divider line 87
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2012-10-10 08:50:11 AM  
Check the date. The museum has been open for a year now. But of course we hillbillies who live near it have been too busy making moonshine and farking our sisters to go see any queer art pictures.
 
2012-10-10 09:46:02 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-10 10:16:40 AM  
Because no great art ever came out of the South, right subby?
 
2012-10-10 10:42:55 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Hmm. The Last Supper looks different from the way I remember it.
 
2012-10-10 10:42:56 AM  
"For years I've been thinking about what we could do as a family that could really make a difference in this part of the world," said Ms. Walton, who is 61. "I thought this is something we desperately need, and what a difference it would have made were it here when I was growing up."

I guess you could provide your workers with a fair wage, allow some of them to be actual full time employees, or just not lock them in, but naaaaaaahh, a vanity piece of architecture museum of fine art is just what the people of Bumfark were aching for.
 
2012-10-10 10:43:44 AM  

Bradog: Check the date.


Yup.

And I dont really understand what subby's issue is.
 
2012-10-10 10:45:34 AM  

mysticcat: Because no great art ever came out of the South, right subby?

 

www.thevelvetstore.com
 
2012-10-10 10:49:40 AM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-10-10 10:51:43 AM  
"exotic distant east....You know, Atlanta."

I laughed....
 
2012-10-10 10:51:52 AM  
LEAVE THE SOUTH ALONE!
 
2012-10-10 10:53:18 AM  
It's been open for about a year now and is already being recognized as one of the finest art museums in the US.
 
2012-10-10 10:56:32 AM  

ArkPanda: It's been open for about a year now and is already being recognized as one of the finest art museums in the US.


i know many people who have been there and say it's a very nice museum with a lot of nice works to see

fyi: nw arkansas is not full of hillbillies...well, not entirely. thanks to the MAJOR corporations who have headquarters or large regional offices there, it's been overrun by people with too much money from all over the world.
 
2012-10-10 10:56:37 AM  

Tom_Slick: mysticcat: Because no great art ever came out of the South, right subby? 

[www.thevelvetstore.com image 242x162]


images.fineartamerica.com
 
2012-10-10 11:00:49 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

Is there a wing dedicated to the magician?
 
2012-10-10 11:00:50 AM  
Please commission this as a piece of art, the only good thing Dale Sr. ever did.

1.bp.blogspot.com

//ducks
 
2012-10-10 11:02:16 AM  

EyeballKid: "For years I've been thinking about what we could do as a family that could really make a difference in this part of the world," said Ms. Walton, who is 61. "I thought this is something we desperately need, and what a difference it would have made were it here when I was growing up."

I guess you could provide your workers with a fair wage, allow some of them to be actual full time employees, or just not lock them in, but naaaaaaahh, a vanity piece of architecture museum of fine art is just what the people of Bumfark were aching for.


She's just a trust fund heiress. It's 2 of her brothers that are on the board of directors for the corporation. Would you rather she squander her inheritence on silly affectations like the Hollywood set or have her set up a public art museum in a part of the country with little access to such high art?
 
2012-10-10 11:04:03 AM  
Pretty standard crime family stuff.
 
2012-10-10 11:04:20 AM  

cgraves67: EyeballKid: "For years I've been thinking about what we could do as a family that could really make a difference in this part of the world," said Ms. Walton, who is 61. "I thought this is something we desperately need, and what a difference it would have made were it here when I was growing up."

I guess you could provide your workers with a fair wage, allow some of them to be actual full time employees, or just not lock them in, but naaaaaaahh, a vanity piece of architecture museum of fine art is just what the people of Bumfark were aching for.

She's just a trust fund heiress. It's 2 of her brothers that are on the board of directors for the corporation. Would you rather she squander her inheritence on silly affectations like the Hollywood set or have her set up a public art museum in a part of the country with little access to such high art?


If only there were something besides these two options, but I guess since there's only two things a wealthy person can do with their money, I'll have to go with the museum.

Suck it, Bill and Melinda Gates!
 
2012-10-10 11:06:48 AM  

EyeballKid: "For years I've been thinking about what we could do as a family that could really make a difference in this part of the world," said Ms. Walton, who is 61. "I thought this is something we desperately need, and what a difference it would have made were it here when I was growing up."

I guess you could provide your workers with a fair wage, allow some of them to be actual full time employees, or just not lock them in, but naaaaaaahh, a vanity piece of architecture museum of fine art is just what the people of Bumfark were aching for.


You know, Bumfarkansas has a certain ring to it.
 
2012-10-10 11:07:26 AM  

bungle_jr: ArkPanda: It's been open for about a year now and is already being recognized as one of the finest art museums in the US.

i know many people who have been there and say it's a very nice museum with a lot of nice works to see

fyi: nw arkansas is not full of hillbillies...well, not entirely. thanks to the MAJOR corporations who have headquarters or large regional offices there, it's been overrun by people with too much money from all over the world.


There's a strip about 10 miles wide and 30 miles long that is full of corporate HQs and yuppies. The rest of NW Arkansas is still moonshiners and hillbillies. Of course, I live in Little Rock so I'm required by ordinance to be resentful of their success.
 
2012-10-10 11:07:27 AM  
Subby - tags are not intended as a self-indicator but should be a reference to the article.
 
2012-10-10 11:10:08 AM  
It's no Pink Palace.
 
2012-10-10 11:12:20 AM  

cgraves67: Would you rather she squander her inheritence on silly affectations like the Hollywood set or have her set up a public art museum in a part of the country with little access to such high art?


Yeah, and I'm sure that's why she did it. Not a tax write-off, not the architectural equivalent of a dog that fits in a handbag, no, it's because she's worried that the residents of Auntmom, AR, are failing in life because they haven't seen enough Remington paintings!
 
2012-10-10 11:15:54 AM  

EyeballKid: "For years I've been thinking about what we could do as a family that could really make a difference in this part of the world," said Ms. Walton, who is 61. "I thought this is something we desperately need, and what a difference it would have made were it here when I was growing up."

I guess you could provide your workers with a fair wage, allow some of them to be actual full time employees, or just not lock them in, but naaaaaaahh, a vanity piece of architecture museum of fine art is just what the people of Bumfark were aching for.


Of course, two wrongs don't make a right, but child laborers probably made the ribbons that gave the Guggenheims their start.
 
2012-10-10 11:21:29 AM  

ArkPanda: bungle_jr: ArkPanda: It's been open for about a year now and is already being recognized as one of the finest art museums in the US.

i know many people who have been there and say it's a very nice museum with a lot of nice works to see

fyi: nw arkansas is not full of hillbillies...well, not entirely. thanks to the MAJOR corporations who have headquarters or large regional offices there, it's been overrun by people with too much money from all over the world.

There's a strip about 10 miles wide and 30 miles long that is full of corporate HQs and yuppies. The rest of NW Arkansas is still moonshiners and hillbillies. Of course, I live in Little Rock so I'm required by ordinance to be resentful of their success.


i've never been to fayetteville or bentonville. i grew up in sw ark, and have lived in little rock (actually n.l.r.) and batesville. but i know a LOT of people who migrated to nwa
 
2012-10-10 11:22:57 AM  

ArkPanda: bungle_jr: ArkPanda: It's been open for about a year now and is already being recognized as one of the finest art museums in the US.

i know many people who have been there and say it's a very nice museum with a lot of nice works to see

fyi: nw arkansas is not full of hillbillies...well, not entirely. thanks to the MAJOR corporations who have headquarters or large regional offices there, it's been overrun by people with too much money from all over the world.

There's a strip about 10 miles wide and 30 miles long that is full of corporate HQs and yuppies. The rest of NW Arkansas is still moonshiners and hillbillies. Of course, I live in Little Rock so I'm required by ordinance to be resentful of their success.


oh, and i found it strange & amusing when i found out there is a completely seperate branch of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper for nwa
 
2012-10-10 11:23:17 AM  
Admittedly I know nothing about Arkansas except that I can't ever foresee taking a trip there. But what springs to my mind when I think about it is meth, juggalos, and "the first 48".
 
2012-10-10 11:24:34 AM  
If I were her I would open another museum out of spite, just to twist the knife in the haters a little bit.

People would still be mad if she funded a cure for cancer...the only right thing to do in some peoples minds is to hand over gobs of money to people who did nothing to earn it...like to some of the above haters posters
 
2012-10-10 11:30:25 AM  
i.imgur.com

Meanwhile, in South Carolina...
 
2012-10-10 11:32:37 AM  
coeyagi: Please commission this as a piece of art, the only good thing Dale Sr. ever did.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 500x309]

//ducks


What does Dale Sr and Pink Floyd have in common?

Both of them's last big hit was the wall.
 
2012-10-10 11:37:43 AM  

theurge14: [i.imgur.com image 441x640]

Meanwhile, in South Carolina...


Would he be mad if I pointed out he spelled Heritage wrong?
 
2012-10-10 11:42:14 AM  

mysticcat: Because no great art ever came out of the South, right subby?


I guess bumper stickers are a kind of art.

spinnyliberal.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-10 11:43:50 AM  

El Brujo: Admittedly I know nothing about Arkansas except that I can't ever foresee taking a trip there. But what springs to my mind when I think about it is meth, juggalos, and "the first 48".


there are some really good things about arkansas...hot springs is a neat city, and there are some really good lakes nearby (catherine, degray, hamilton); the west, north, and central parts have a lot of really nice "mountains" (really big hills), lakes, rivers; the west/sw has murfreesboro, famous as the only north american diamond mining area, and the ONLY place where tourists can search for their own diamonds and keep them; and little rock has vino's brewpub & pizzeria
 
2012-10-10 11:43:56 AM  
theurge14: [i.imgur.com image 441x640]

Meanwhile, in South Carolina...


Well if that guy is an accurate representation of every single person in the South according to you, than I guess Jersey Shore is an accurate representation of every single person in the north, amirite?
 
2012-10-10 11:46:29 AM  
My fiancee is from Arkansas, so I've been several times. I have never seen the sun shine there.
 
2012-10-10 11:50:58 AM  

Oldiron_79: theurge14: [i.imgur.com image 441x640]

Meanwhile, in South Carolina...

Well if that guy is an accurate representation of every single person in the South according to you, than I guess Jersey Shore is an accurate representation of every single person in the north, amirite?


No, it's just an accurate representation of everyone in Jersey.

/lighten up
 
2012-10-10 12:07:30 PM  
www.artofthesouth.com
 
2012-10-10 12:11:31 PM  
Alright, I've lived in Little Rock and my parents lived there for twelve years. Little Rock is pretty damn out of the way for most of the country. Rogers and Bentonville and that whole area? Pretty remote even from Little Rock.

Sequestering a big art museum in the middle of freaking nowhere, even if there is a massive world corporation headquartered nearby, is by definition a vanity project. A moderate-sized one? That can rotate in borrowed work from elsewhere? Sure. This thing? No way. The population in no way supports this kind of personal boondoggle. After she dies it will eventually dry up and blow away.
 
2012-10-10 12:12:44 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Tom_Slick: mysticcat: Because no great art ever came out of the South, right subby? 

[www.thevelvetstore.com image 242x162]


Not bad, but needs more Jesus
 
2012-10-10 12:13:10 PM  

Rapmaster2000: No, it's just an accurate representation of everyone in Jersey.

/lighten up


Yeah, everyone knows you learn about Manhattanites from Patrick Bateman.
 
2012-10-10 12:16:11 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Alright, I've lived in Little Rock and my parents lived there for twelve years. Little Rock is pretty damn out of the way for most of the country. Rogers and Bentonville and that whole area? Pretty remote even from Little Rock.

Sequestering a big art museum in the middle of freaking nowhere, even if there is a massive world corporation headquartered nearby, is by definition a vanity project. A moderate-sized one? That can rotate in borrowed work from elsewhere? Sure. This thing? No way. The population in no way supports this kind of personal boondoggle. After she dies it will eventually dry up and blow away.


all those major corporations attract a LARGE amount of visitors, especially during times like the annual walmart meeting, as well as transplant residents from places that may have had much more "culture" than rural arkansas has.

plus there are many reasons that tourists already went to that area, so now there is another attraction for them
 
2012-10-10 12:20:38 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Oldiron_79: theurge14: [i.imgur.com image 441x640]

Meanwhile, in South Carolina...

Well if that guy is an accurate representation of every single person in the South according to you, than I guess Jersey Shore is an accurate representation of every single person in the north, amirite?

No, it's just an accurate representation of everyone in Jersey.

/lighten up


State bigotry is really pretty awful. Mention Texas on FARK and it's worse than a cop thread.

Everyone in the South is so ignorant and prejudiced; let's all be ignorant and prejudiced towards them.
 
2012-10-10 12:37:01 PM  

moothemagiccow: State bigotry is really pretty awful. Mention Texas on FARK and it's worse than a cop thread.

Everyone in the South is so ignorant and prejudiced; let's all be ignorant and prejudiced towards them.


Awwwww, did you run out of nails? That last one's a hard one to finish, believe me!!!

This isn't judging based on misguided stereotypes. It's based on past and present behavior.

Go be a victim somewhere else, Scah-lett.
 
2012-10-10 12:41:12 PM  

wellreadneck: EyeballKid: "For years I've been thinking about what we could do as a family that could really make a difference in this part of the world," said Ms. Walton, who is 61. "I thought this is something we desperately need, and what a difference it would have made were it here when I was growing up."

I guess you could provide your workers with a fair wage, allow some of them to be actual full time employees, or just not lock them in, but naaaaaaahh, a vanity piece of architecture museum of fine art is just what the people of Bumfark were aching for.

Of course, two wrongs don't make a right, but child laborers probably made the ribbons that gave the Guggenheims their start.


Not to mention Carnegie libraries
 
2012-10-10 12:51:31 PM  

bungle_jr: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Alright, I've lived in Little Rock and my parents lived there for twelve years. Little Rock is pretty damn out of the way for most of the country. Rogers and Bentonville and that whole area? Pretty remote even from Little Rock.

Sequestering a big art museum in the middle of freaking nowhere, even if there is a massive world corporation headquartered nearby, is by definition a vanity project. A moderate-sized one? That can rotate in borrowed work from elsewhere? Sure. This thing? No way. The population in no way supports this kind of personal boondoggle. After she dies it will eventually dry up and blow away.

all those major corporations attract a LARGE amount of visitors, especially during times like the annual walmart meeting, as well as transplant residents from places that may have had much more "culture" than rural arkansas has.

plus there are many reasons that tourists already went to that area, so now there is another attraction for them


I know it's a major destination. Smaller corporations come to kowtow to the Walmart gods in their inexplicably dingy corporate headquarters. I'm pretty damn familiar with this - I work for a corporation that works closely with them and we send people there all the time.

They hate it. They hate going there. At least they have an airport now and there are direct flights into NW Arkansas. But to a man, to a woman, they would rather puke their lungs out than spend an extra second in the area. Not that it's horribly bad, but that it's horribly boring, and having to deal with Walmart corporate is like pulling your own teeth.

So, no. No one's going to spend a cent of extra time going to some dumb-ass expensive art museum while they're out there; they're on the next flight heading home to the real cities where they live. Where there are real art museums and not some weird idea of top-down cultural commodity.

As I've said, I've been there. It's nice, a nice area to live. Walmart is having a major impact on the area, but it's not organic in a cultural way. That's fine. But without these billions of dollars sloshing crazily around, literally no one who lives there was clamoring for as massive an ediface as this is.

I'm getting a Fitzcarraldo vibe out of this whole enterprise. Bring the opera to the rainforests of South America... for some reason, who knows. Just spend tons of money and bang, it's, like, awesome and everything.
 
2012-10-10 12:54:05 PM  

EyeballKid: moothemagiccow: State bigotry is really pretty awful. Mention Texas on FARK and it's worse than a cop thread.

Everyone in the South is so ignorant and prejudiced; let's all be ignorant and prejudiced towards them.

Awwwww, did you run out of nails? That last one's a hard one to finish, believe me!!!

This isn't judging based on misguided stereotypes. It's based on past and present behavior.

Go be a victim somewhere else, Scah-lett.


It's judging based on some nonsense you read online, not any real life experience or any solid fact. It's something to make you feel like you are better because your life is shiat and you need someone to bully.

Weakness and ignorance lead to prejudice, nothing else. You want to discard millions of people based on some flawed perception of geography? You're welcome to, but this isn't different than racism or any other kind of bigotry. There's no justification, but feel free to tell yourself otherwise.
 
2012-10-10 12:59:44 PM  

moothemagiccow: It's judging based on some nonsense you read online, not any real life experience or any solid fact. It's something to make you feel like you are better because your life is shiat and you need someone to bully.

Weakness and ignorance lead to prejudice, nothing else. You want to discard millions of people based on some flawed perception of geography? You're welcome to, but this isn't different than racism or any other kind of bigotry. There's no justification, but feel free to tell yourself otherwise.


Yeah, you do have it horrible. Remember when you and all your white, Southern friends were rounded up and sold and traded like livestock, only to be moved to fields and then worked to death? Truly, you have had it rather rough.

I live in KY, I wouldn't say I'm totally alien to the South, despite my protestations that it's more a Midwestern state. Kentucky, you may not know, sided with the Confederacy AFTER the Civil War. Try to tell me I don't know about Southern stupidity...
 
2012-10-10 01:01:32 PM  

moothemagiccow: EyeballKid: moothemagiccow: State bigotry is really pretty awful. Mention Texas on FARK and it's worse than a cop thread.

Everyone in the South is so ignorant and prejudiced; let's all be ignorant and prejudiced towards them.

Awwwww, did you run out of nails? That last one's a hard one to finish, believe me!!!

This isn't judging based on misguided stereotypes. It's based on past and present behavior.

Go be a victim somewhere else, Scah-lett.

It's judging based on some nonsense you read online, not any real life experience or any solid fact. It's something to make you feel like you are better because your life is shiat and you need someone to bully.

Weakness and ignorance lead to prejudice, nothing else. You want to discard millions of people based on some flawed perception of geography? You're welcome to, but this isn't different than racism or any other kind of bigotry. There's no justification, but feel free to tell yourself otherwise.


No, it's just poking fun, and you're taking yourself way too seriously. There are plenty of people in this thread from the South including myself who aren't getting the vapors from the "weakness and ignorance" of those mean old Yankees.
 
2012-10-10 01:03:20 PM  
Slavery? Civil War? Yankees?

The fark is going on in here?
 
2012-10-10 01:05:12 PM  
At least she didn't blow her money on keeping the "Creationism Museum" alive
 
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