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This is a points-based, competitive game. It’s you against your date! You will answer trivia questions and complete activities as you explore original artworks in the MOA. Ask for a points sheet and paperclips at the Front Desk to get started, then when you are finished with the date, return to the Front Desk to receive a prize!

1. Plexus no. 29, Gabriel Dawe, 2014

Gabriel Dawe (b.1973), ‘Plexus no. 29,’ 2014, Gütermann sewing thread, hooks, painted wood. Courtesy of Gabriel Dawe.
10 Points: How many miles of string do you think Gabriel Dawe used in this work? Whoever is closer gets the points. (Tap + below to reveal the answer)
  • Answer: Eighty miles (That’s enough to go from Provo to Salt Lake City and back!)

View this installation from THREE different vantage points and notice how the effects of lines, colors, and shapes change depending on your perspective.

5 points: Stand directly underneath the artwork and slowly spin FIVE times while looking up. (Do not attempt if you just ate J. Dawgs.)

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2. Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda, Carl Bloch, 1883

Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda
Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), 'Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda,' 1883, oil on canvas, 100 3/4 x 125 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Jack R. and Mary Lois Wheatley, 2001.

This painting was created by a 19th-century painter from Denmark.

15 points: In ONE minute, each of you make a list on your phone of things you see in the painting. Time yourselves! Whoever has more items on their list, wins.

3. LOVE, Robert Indiana, 1973

We’re all about love at the MOA! You may be familiar with this sculpture because different versions of it exist all over the world.

15 Points: How many LOVE sculptures do you think Pop artist Robert Indiana made?
  • Answer: Fifty (These sculptures are found in 24 countries and come in various languages, including Italian, Hebrew, and Spanish.)

5 points: Which one of you can say “love” in more languages? You must demonstrate your skill to earn the points. Google Translate is not allowed! If you tie, play Rock, Paper, Scissors.

4. Fracture, Albert Paley, 1990

Albert Paley (1944-), 'Fracture,' c.1990, weathered steel, 144 x 48 x 40 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Albert Paley, 1996.

At the bottom of the stairs, find the sculpture titled Fracture. This work is made of steel that is welded together at odd angles.

20 points: Shape the paper clips you received at the front desk to make a sculpture, but it has to be self-supporting and free-standing. The sculpture that is taller gets the points. You have three minutes–time yourselves!

5 points: Balance your sculpture on your head while walking around Fracture.

Make sure to keep a safe distance from the artwork!

5. Nativity, Brian Kershisnik, 2006

Nativity, Brian Kershisnik
Brian Kershisnik (b.1962), "Nativity," 2006, oil on canvas, 89 x 204 inches. Brigham Young University of Art, gift of anonymous donor, 2011.

This iconic painting filled the entire wall of Brian Kershisnik’s long, narrow art studio.

10 Points: How many angels did the painter include? If you get tired of counting, just take your best guess. The closer estimate gets the points. Break a tie with Rock, Paper, Scissors.
  • Answer: One hundred seventy (trust us, we counted many times)

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6. Bayadere: Tribute to Cassals, Pierre Arman, 1984

Now look to your right and you’ll see a cello…kind of. Similar to what Picasso did with Cubism, this sculptor attempted to show multiple viewpoints of an object at the same time.

20 points: Play this video and dance to the music where you are standing for 15 seconds. Please stay clear of the artwork!
The Cello Song - (Bach is back with 7 more cellos) - The Piano Guys

5 points: Without touching the art, find the artist’s signature on the sculpture before your opponent.

7. Of Souls and Sacraments

Of Souls and Sacraments Entrance

The exhibition Of Souls and Sacraments, located near the elevator, focuses on Christian themes. Many of the artworks were created hundreds of years ago–the oldest one dates to the 14th century!

10 points: Find a work from the year 2000 or later. Whoever finds one first (without running!) gets the points.

5 points: Recite a verse from any book of scripture. (It must be tied to a world religion; ‘Twilight’ does not count.)

1 point: This point goes to the person whose verse is longer.

8. From the Vault

The entrance to 'From the Vault' in 2022

Find the exhibition From the Vault, also located on the lower level of the MOA. Here you will see 18 works of art from the museum’s permanent collection.

15 points: Find an artwork that resembles your date, either physically or metaphorically (portrait, landscape, still life, etc.). Explain your choice to each other–whoever makes a stronger case gets the points. If you cannot decide amongst yourselves, present your argument to a security guard and let them determine the winner.

Walk upstairs and stop when you reach the top. Look towards the main entrance and notice the suspended art installation.

9. Untitled, Dan Steinhilber, 2008

Dan Steinhilber (b.1972), "Untitled," 2008, paper-clad hangers. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Curtis Atkisson.
5 points: From the top of the stairs take turns guessing the household items from which this work is made. Then walk over and confirm your answers to earn the points.
  • Answer: Clothes hangers

Steinhilber grew to appreciate the beauty of everyday objects during his youth and makes them the focus of his artworks.

10 points: How many individual parts make up this installation? The closest answer wins the points. If you tie, play Rock, Paper, Scissors.
  • Answer: 414

5 points: Tell the front desk attendant which work of art was your favorite and why. They will award the points to whoever provides a better explanation.

Thanks for playing! We hope you had fun.

Now calculate your points to determine the winner and claim your prize at the Front Desk!