My friend David Horvitz and I decided to stave off boredom for an afternoon by staging a jailbreak (the jail being the Hessel Museum on Bard campus) for the Pinocchio costumes locked up to Paul McCarthy's video installation. We went to the museum with a note:
WE HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF RETURNING THE COSTUMES ONCE WE'RE FINISHED WATCHING "PINOC(C)HIO PIPENOSE" . BARD MFA STUDENTS
Using the photocopy machine installed at the Loompanics piece put together by Bik Van Der Pol, David and I photocopied a chapter out of a book telling us what to do if we get caught (the book was about stealing food, but we thought it could apply to this situation as well).
We put on the suits and watched McCarthy's video (which we had both previously watched) for a few minutes, then left the video room and handed the note explaining our intent to the attendant standing outside the video room. We shuffled through the museum at a normal pace until a security guard yelled 'hey there!' at which point we made a run for it! Into the lobby, where we startled another guard, and out the exit we scuffled as quick as we could with our big red plastic shoes on, but David was caught by the collar just outside the doors and sent to the ground by the guard's sturdy force.
I panicked as Pinocchio might when his buddy gets took down, and we were led back into the museum and stripped of our suits. We referred to the photocopied manual during their strip-down and denied the whole thing. They accepted our denial and told us to leave. Luckily by accident we got away with a pair of white Pinocchio gloves, which now hang as souvenirs somewhere in our storage boxes.Luckier even still, our friends Lisa, Chris and Anita documented the escape, and now you can watch the fun over and over on YouTube. Yipah!