Product Placement Disrupts Classic Works of Art in “Museum of Modern Brands”

Posted inSVA Branding: 100 Days

100 Days is an annual project at New York City’s School of Visual Arts that was founded by Michael Bierut. Each year, the students of the school’s Master’s in Branding Program spend 100 days documenting their process with a chosen creative endeavor. This year, we’re showcasing each student in the program by providing a peek into ten days of their project. You can keep an eye on everyone’s work on our SVA 100 Days page.

Art is a reflection of our society, and so are brands. When you combine the two, you bring about narratives of how brands mold and shape cultures, behaviors, and our environment. “Museum of Modern Brands” transforms historically and culturally rooted artworks by incorporating branded objects, reshaping their narratives and offering a fresh perspective in contemporary society.

Astha is a Brand and Creative Strategist from New York City who finds power in connecting stories of two different worlds. Follow Astha’s 100-day project @museumoofmodernbrands on Instagram, and reach out to her at to learn more about her work.

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