Eat your heart out at the Pizza Museum This Nov. 2, 2018 photo shows a pizza box playroom created with neon lights and colorful fluorescent tape called "Gazoo," part of a group art exhibition celebrating pizza at The Museum of Pizza in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Eat your heart out at the Pizza Museum
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There is now a museum for pizza lovers everywhere. It has popped-up in New York City. The city is arguably America's pizza capital. 

The Museum of Pizza is dedicated to all things cheese and sauce. But there's more to it than meets the tongue.

"It's often that the simplest ideas are the best. And we wanted to use pizza's ubiquitous appeal to get people through the door and looking at art and hearing about history in a different format." That's according to Alexandra Serio. She is Chief Content Officer at Nameless Network, the group that baked the Museum of Pizza idea.

"Our approach to this Museum of Pizza is a fine art approach. So we went out to multiple artists contemporary in many mediums. We asked them for their interpretation of pizza," said Serio. "And what we got back ranges the gamut. Let's just say that. That's an understatement."

The museum is located on the street level of Brooklyn's William Vale hotel. It is an expansive, one-floor space. It houses a wide variety of art. The art ranges from giant photographs to sculptures to large installations that engulf visitors. The pop-up museum, also known as "MoPi," has already drawn a lot of interest. More than 6,000 people came through the doors when they opened this month.

Another instantly recognizable part of the space is the bright colors that are weaved throughout the exhibits. They are perfect for taking social media-ready pictures.

"Honestly, I thought it would be like more of a museum. Like at the beginning, I expected pizza boxes and it kinda tells you when it was developed and stuff like that." That's according to Nene Raye, visiting from New Jersey. 

"Then I was kinda hoping they had something artsy in it because I love taking pictures. So this is a mashup of everything. So you get a little bit of education and then some fun, which I love."

Serio said selfie-friendly exhibits are becoming a priority for museums. They are trying to get younger legs to walk through their doors.

"It's a kind of paradigm shift with museums," she said. "You'll see, I think in the next few years because of museums like the Museum of Ice Cream, and multiple pop-ups of this ilk, museums kind of courting a younger audience and seeing how they can make their exhibitions more tactile, touch and photography friendly."

Lydia Melendez, a self-described "pizza aficionado," bought her tickets in April. For her, this experience was worth the wait.

"I thought it was going to be kinda boring, like I'm going to walk in and there's just going to be a book about pizza and how to make it. But this is definitely one for the books."

While pizza may be the hook that draws those interested to the museum, the focus of MoPi is to expose visitors to the fine art world. Visitors can get an education fed to them one slice at a time.

"The Museum of Pizza's target demographic isn't necessarily the same type of people that are making a quarterly trips to the MoMA or the Frick collection or the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) ", said Serio. "We're really putting fine art in a place that's easily accessible for a wide range of people."

The pop-up museum costs $35 for adults, but is free for kids under 5 and seniors. It closes Nov. 18.

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COMMENTS (6)
  • Nicke-kor
    11/19/2018 - 10:18 a.m.

    Iluvvvvvv pizza and make a quiz

  • Edileh-E2
    11/19/2018 - 11:59 a.m.

    I enjoyed this article because it involved pizza. Who knew that there was a museum for pizza? And another great thing about it is that it is free for seniors and kids under 5 yrs old.
    The one thing they didn't mention was...DO THEY SELL PIZZA OR NOT????

  • Kyliew-kor2
    11/26/2018 - 11:35 a.m.

    Sounds like a real magnet for kids

  • Jack-E2
    11/26/2018 - 04:19 p.m.

    I think the pizza museum article should explain if they sell pizza or not! I wish I could go there but it closed about two weeks ago

  • Adrian-E2
    11/26/2018 - 04:26 p.m.

    If I was there I would have lovvvvvved It. This article was about a PIZZA MUSEUM! that would be awesome. I wish I could go there.

  • Sabina-E2
    11/28/2018 - 10:56 a.m.

    I think that it is a little bit weird.
    but i did think that it was a little obvious that it was in New York City.
    I like that it is free for kids under five and also for seniors.
    the question is 'What would you expect to see at a pizza museum and my answer is A WHOLE LOT OF PIZZA, and maybe even who invented pizza, and obviously that pizza was Italian.

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