Will Ferrell and Joel McHale Say What We’re All Thinking At Modern Art Museums

It’s admirable when celebrities donate their time to a meaningful cause.

It’s even cooler when those celebrities are Will Ferrell and Joel McHale, and they use their donated time to say what we’re all thinking about modern art.

The results: hilarious.

Here at Primer Magazine we’re big supporters of the arts, both ancient and contemporary. Art is thought-provoking, frequently transporting, and (often) pleasing to look at.

Spending an afternoon in your local art museum – even if you don’t understand everything you’re looking at – provides the opportunity to look at things from someone else’s perspective. It’s a skill that can feel sorely needed nowadays.

And then … there’s dirty socks carefully arranged on a gallery floor.

Or a row of old telephone poles painstakingly installed by penniless MFA students.

Or a self-slamming piano.

Is that… art?

McHale put his finger on it when he says, “Staring at them for a long time with other people kind of makes it art.”

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Stillman Brown is a writer and TV producer who has created prime time content for National Geographic, Discovery, Travel Channel and many others. His interests span science & the natural world, personal growth, and food. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


  • Reply May 4, 2018


    I appreciate art as much as the next guy and I’m not one to say what others can and can’t appreciate. But dirty socks on the floor…we really have reached this point in society. If it makes the artist happy, and others happy to view it then so be it. But I’ve always assumed that art, if anything, should take time and effort in order to become whatever it is going to become. I doubt it takes more than two minutes to drop a pair of socks on a gallery floor just to see what formation they will ultimately rest on.

  • Reply May 5, 2018

    Lisa Gomez

    This is hilarious. I love these two men next time i suggest Danny McBride, Now that would be so funny. i remember living in N.Y. People in a storefront window presenting their interpretation of art, this reminds me of this.

  • Reply June 25, 2018


    Museums should have room just so people can ponder.

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