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A man kneels down to take a photograph of a pair of glasses left behind by 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, California. (Courtesy/Kevin Nguyen)
A man kneels down to take a photograph of a pair of glasses left behind by 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, California. (Courtesy/Kevin Nguyen)
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Two teenage boys recently visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. As the pair toured the museum, they found the work underwhelming and asked, “Is this really what you call art?” So one of the boys took off his eyeglasses and placed it beneath one of the museum’s descriptions as an impromptu exhibit.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with one of the boys, 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen, about what happened when he and his friend, T.J. Khayatan, created their own art.

"When people asked me how would I interpret it, as if I actually meant for it to be an art piece, I said that everything can be art, as long as you provide the insight and help people see what you see," Nguyen said.

So what happened when it came time for Nguyen to pick his glasses back up and leave?

"That was a really awkward interaction," Nguyen said. "I waited for the crowd to clear out, and I walked back to my glasses, put them on, put my head down and just walked away really fast. But there was this couple next to me that was laughing, because they knew what was going on."

Tweets About The 'Impromptu Exhibit'


Guest

  • Kevin Nguyen, 16-year-old who created an impromptu art exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He tweets @k_vinnnn.

This segment aired on June 3, 2016.

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