Is MoMA haunted? | GHOST STORIES

Is MoMA haunted? | GHOST STORIES

September 15, 2019 9 By William Hollis


What we’re speaking about is not
something that’s actually tangible. My personal experience with it was
when I first arrived at MoMA years ago. It’s been more than two handfuls of years. When I first arrived, I had heard of
the stories of the MoMA ghost if you will. MoMA being as old as it is and having as
many changes that have taken place here you expect these things to occur, I imagine. Let’s make our way inside… Right here, in this specific space I remember… it’s just like right on queue. What’s to say that there isn’t a whole other world
that maybe we can’t see or we don’t want to see? It was just here about the figure of
an average-sized man I think but it was just this grayish embodiment
of something spectral and I won’t forget it. It was very clear, and I did this doubletake. And when I looked back, that’s when the
projectionist said to me, “Did you see it?” And I said, “Yeah, I think I saw a shadow,”
and he said, “That’s the ghost.” I believe there is an area of the museum;
I can’t remember which gallery specifically but there used to be a hotel in that location
and that there is a “lady in white” that security has encountered late at night. Dave? Yeah? Oh, good, you’re here. We have some people inquiring
about the MoMA ghost. I’ve seen ghosts. You know, there’s this theory
that ghosts can’t cross water. So I grew up on an island off the coast of
Maine, and so if you live on an island all the people who’ve died there are trapped on
that island because they can’t cross water. So, it was pretty haunted island. That’s all I’m going to say. Yeah, I was pretty much down here with a
Cimex machine which is used to clean this. And for some reason in the middle of it I
looked up and the person was standing right there on the top looking just down. It was like an old lady dressed in white. I looked back again and then I just went downstairs. I didn’t even wait for the elevator
I just ran down. Security was making the rounds, and one time
late at night a guard apparently saw a ghost. It was up in this area and apparently they
left the building and quit their job at that point. My sense is that this is related to the liquid
nitrogen because it’s not a familiar sound and so I think somehow my tank of
liquid nitrogen actually played a role. And it looks a little bit like a ghost, too. If you believe in something, it will happen,
but if you don’t believe in it, it’s not existent. So, Mike Moen was an official. He used to work here. That’s a long time ago. I used to have hair in my head then. So he told me that this curtain at night,
it opens and closes by themselves. Close and open, close and open. The reason why I kind of believe what he said
to me because no one is here and there was no one to turn that on back and forth. I would be running! It was only myself and a
gentleman by the name of Sixto only persons who have access to this. As I stand on that side of the door, you’ll hear
a bunch of banging and commotion going on. This door but from the inside, and that was the
scariest thing when those doors start shaking. It was almost impossible. As big as I am, I ran out of this building. It is very creepy because one does feel a
kind of presence, and I think that has to do with the fact that the building
was built over 100 years ago. It was a school for decades and decades, and
then all of a sudden it wasn’t a school and it was abandoned. And all these experiences and memories kind
of accumulated in the crevices of the building. And one can actually feel that especially
when you’re here alone and sometimes at night. All art has to do with ghosts in some ways
because art is about persisting past the life of the person who made it. So you’re feeling the presence of something
that should be absent or is absent, and that’s really what a ghost is; it’s when
something appears that shouldn’t be there. This is not something that you can actually
discuss unless you have some experience in it or unless you know people who have
because I’ve known people, but… [nervous laughter] Whatever the entity is,
it has a sense of humor. And if that is the case, I’m okay with it!