We used the money for the seventh night of Hanukkah to purchase Tête de Faune, an original 1962 Picasso linocut. Our print of Tête de Faune was number 33 in an edition of 50 identical prints. The 150,000 people who subscribed to our Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah had a chance to vote: should we donate this work to the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, or should we laser-cut it into 150,000 tiny squares and send everyone their own scrap of a real Picasso?
Months before we announced the gimmick, we had to research how to cut up the Picasso, just in case.
We contacted various saw-havers and scissor-handed artisans before we found out laser-cutting the print was the best option. A laser cutter could divide the print into tiny 1.5mm by 1.5mm squares that we could put in envelopes and send to 150,000 people.
We designed the envelopes and figured out the logistics of mailing and distribution. The Picasso was ready to be cut up and sent out.
We opened up voting. Supportive emails poured in.
Everyone loved it.
FUN FACT: Picasso would have loved for us to cut it.
FUN FACT: People of all genders can be assholes.
FUN FACT: South Carolina needs to chill.
We put Tête de Faune on display inside Chicago's historic Water Tower. You’re welcome to check it out — the exhibition is free and open until May 22. After that, the Picasso will move to the Art Institute. More on that later…