One night at the former Bluestem Art Gallery on North Santa Fe, several paintings and sculptures were on the floor, ready to be mounted for an upcoming exhibit.
A small, three-dimensional white square lay on the gallery's counter, embossed with black streaks and a cork backing. The artists on the hanging committee, Drs. Dale Cole, Bill Kossow and George Jerkovich, thought it was the ugliest piece of art they'd ever seen, but they decided to be sensitive and support the unidentified artist's unique vision.
The problem was, they couldn't figure out the proper way to hang it. Which end was right side up? It would be an insult to the artist to hang it upside down.
As the trio stared at the artwork and tried to figure out what to do, another Bluestem artist, Joyce Fent, walked into the gallery.
"Oh good, you found the ceiling tile," she said. "It fell on the floor, and I put it on the counter."
Fent pointed at the ceiling. Directly above them was a square hole missing a tile. The men had been looking at the tile's black glue cork backing.