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There is a new pamphlet at the front desk of the Henry. It looks like the usual Henry pamphlet, printed using the same black text on yellow and white backgrounds, introduced with the block letter "H" in the upper left. The font is the same as the museum's standard guides, but it reads, "Emotional Museum Tour." Take one—they're free.

This is an emotional choose-your-own-adventure. You decide how you're feeling, then you visit each of five places at the museum: the lobby (where you eye the worker behind the desk), the photography gallery at the top of the stairs, the James Turrell Sky Space, the sculpture courtyard (which never has any sculpture in it), and the Richard Andrews Overlook, an interior balcony.

Tragic Day.
  • Tragic Day.
While doing this you decide whether you'd like to feel, or are feeling, happy, tragic, or insignificant. In a gambit like this, it all comes down to writing, and much of the writing here is very good. No surprise: the pamphlet is the product of a workshop put on this summer by Wave Books, including the poets Joshua Beckman, Noelle Kocot, Dorothea Lasky, Anthony McCann, Richard Meier, Eileen Myles, and more.

In the photo gallery, on an insignificant day...

Each of these photos is just one momentary glimpse of one tiny happening. Even in the lives of these subjects and photographers these photos are mere slivers of one moment—imagine what it would take to reconstruct just this one day in their lives. How many photographs that would be. Then imagine how many it would take to reconstruct their entire lives. Now multiply that by everyone on Earth, every day they've ever lived. How many of these photographs are of you?

The other product of this project is a series of postcards, plain white, bearing, in black type, the quotes that appear over the arches in the original section of the building. "Beauty is pleasure regarded as the quality of a thing," one reads. That's Santayana. I don't know quite what it means, or whether I agree with it. Generally I do not enjoy an Art Quote (and I wince when I discover I've written one). But these cards are free, too; just gifts available. Meaning that, if you want to, you can walk off with a piece of the building.