Washington, D.C. – Terrence Pierce, curator for the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, couldn’t remember whether there was supposed to be a display featured in the main exhibit hall as made his early-morning rounds to inspect the museum’s collection of priceless artistic achievements. He noted that, while he couldn’t quite put his finger on it, the room was missing something, such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton or perhaps the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Pierce was able to confirm that neither of those objects had ever been displayed inside the Freer Gallery of Art after speaking to his colleagues at both the Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History.
“I think it might have been some statues, where they don’t have any limbs but they still have boobs, I could swear that we had that in here before,” Pierce struggled to recall. “Or maybe it was some bowls? Wait, why would people put art on bowls? Does that even sound like a real thing?”
Coworkers would later find a piece of paper in the middle of the exhibit hall that simply read, “I.O.U. One Art, LACMA.”