New Menands Art Gallery ‘Draws’ Inspiration From the Unaccomplished

By Kermit Mustafa

Published August 28th, 2016

Actor and renaissance man James Franco describes his art as "abstract" — which in English means "terrible."

MENANDS — Inspired by Williams College and its renowned Clark Museum, officials at Menands City County College announced Saturday the campus will soon be home to its own gallery featuring “substandard art by ungifted people.”

“I think we can fill a niche that, until now, has been largely ignored,” said Rumpus Cork, manager of the forthcoming James Franco Gallery at MCCC. “Sure, the Clark Museum is great if you want Van Gogh, Monet, or Winslow Homer. But there needs to be a place where people from Schoharie, Schaghticoke and South Colonie can go to look at real neat pictures, too.”

The new gallery will open Labor Day weekend with what Cork called an “exciting” exhibit titled “Stick Figures in Finger Paint,” featuring original work by MCCC students.

That event will be followed by a show at the end of September dubbed “Popsicle Stick Bonanza,” featuring miniature homes, compact disc holders and Stars of David made out of popsicle sticks by senior citizens residing in nearby retirement homes.

“I’m particularly psyched about that show,” Cork said. “It’s going to really blow some minds. Who knew there’s so much you can do with a Popsicle stick?”

“The Franco” — as the gallery will be known — will also feature paintings by former President George W. Bush, serial killer John Wayne Gacy, the late child actor Gary Coleman, Right Wing radio host Sean Hannity, and Scott Disick from “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

Cork said that in late April, the Franco will also present a ”very special” exhibit of legal-pad doodles drawn by local murder defendants during their trials.

“I’m just happy that my finger paintings will finally now have a forum beyond my mom’s refrigerator,” said 32-year-old MCCC student Kevin Grossweiner. “The Franco has even inspired me to explore new mediums. In fact, I’ve spent the last few days in my bedroom working on an igloo sculpted from sugar cubes.”


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