MoMa Adds Emojis to its Permanent Collection

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THE ORAL HISTORY OF THE POOP EMOJI

The Museum of Modern Art in New York is adding emojis to its permanent collection.

These aren't the emojis you know and love  MoMA has acquired the original set of 176 pictographs designed in 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita.

How does a digital object get acquired by a museum? What the MoMa actually bought was a licensing agreement with the Japanese mobile carrier DoCoMo, which allows the museum to display the blocky, pixelated suite of original emoji in digital exhibits throughout the museum space.