Cheetos Museum (closed)

Cheetos Museum at Grand Central, NYC

On my commute today through Grand Central Terminal, I was lucky enough to come upon the Cheetos Museum in Vanderbilt Hall.  This is the result of a promotion done by Cheetos earlier this year in which they urged snackers to submit their found Cheetos as art, with the random-shaped corn and cheese puffs resembling real-life stuff.

I examined a few bags of Cheetos for some art, but all I could find were caveman clubs, which didn’t seem artistic enough.  Of course I wondered what kind of results Cheetos would get. I didn’t count on anything as impressive as what was on display at the Cheetos Museum.

The layout of the exhibit overall was pretty great – evocative of a legit museum with pedestal and wall mounts.  Most of them were worthy of display, looking like their name in a “that cloud looks like George Washington” kind of way.  A few were eerily good (Chester Cheetah being my favorite).

The four finalists won between ten thousand and fifty thousand dollars each according to the “museum curator” I spoke with.  Its worth noting that many of the displays, and many of the best pieces, were curated by Cheetos themselves.   God I wish I’d have had that job. Going through piles of Cheetos looking for puffs shaped like animals, household items, and celebrities. You’ve got to wonder if they found any dirty/sex looking Cheetos that are in some secret, not-for-the-public art storage.

And they gave me a free bag of Cheetos on my way out.  Lookout Smithsonian, MOMA,  and The Museum of Math, we’ve got a new favorite institution of immersive learning. (pictures of Cheetos below, each artistically titled by the snackers who discovered them).

 

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Statue of Libercheese

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Statue of Libercheese

Cheesbraham Lincoln

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Cheesbraham Lincoln

Backpack Boy

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Running Snack

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Running Snack

Hula Girl

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Hula Girl

Girl Playing with a Dog

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Girl Playing with a Dog

Chester Cheetah

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Chester Cheetah

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Woman Holding Baby and Woman + Dog

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Woman Holding Baby and Woman + Dog

Breakdancer and Yoga Cheeto

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Breakdancer and Yoga Cheeto

Hey Girl

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Hey Girl

Italy and Whistler’s Mother

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Italy and Whistler’s Mother

Saxaphone and Guitar

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Saxaphone and Guitar

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Saxaphone and Guitar

Pinocchio and Lochcheese Monster

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Pinocchio and Lochcheese Monster

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Shrink Ray and Alien Thumbs Up

Boy Flying Paper Airplane (Finalist)

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Boy Flying Paper Airplane (Finalist)

Family of 3 (Finalist)

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Family of 3 (Finalist)

Will You Marry Me? (Finalist)

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Will You Marry Me? (Finalist)

Hot Cheetos Cat (Grand Prize Winner)

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Hot Cheetos Cat (Grand Prize Winner)

Chiraffes

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Chiraffes

Scorpion

 

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Scorpion

Manatee and Cat

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Chee-Sea-Horse

The Great CheeseFoot

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The Great CheeseFoot

Teddybear

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Teddybear

Beaver Cheeto

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Beaver Cheeto

My Sloth Friend

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My Sloth Friend

Cheesemelion

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Cheesemelion

Turkey

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Turkey

Bird in Paradise

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Bird in Paradise

Fish Out of Water

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Fish Out of Water

Dynamic Dolphin

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Dynamic Dolphin

One with Nature

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One with Nature

Reading

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Reading

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