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    15 Times "Sesame Street" Was Way More Cultured Than I Could Ever Hope To Be

    I don't know how Grover is meeting all these famous artists, but I'm happy for him.

    Unless you have young children in your life, you may not have tuned into Sesame Street in a while. But it turns out that your favorite TV monsters are much more artistic than you might remember. Who would have thought that Elmo is a sculptor, Ernie a poet, and Oscar the Grouch a celebrated modern artist?

    Does every resident of this street have a liberal arts degree?

    Here are fifteen times that Sesame Street was the most cultured neighborhood (and show) around.

    1. When Cookie Monster went to the MET and learned to not eat the art:

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    Wait, you're NOT supposed to eat the paintings? Don't worry, Cookie Monster -- we would have made the same mistake.

    2. When Grover practiced perfect composition while arranging fruit for a still life painting:

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    Check out that balance! Grover has a real eye for shape and form.

    3. When Bert and Ernie were gainfully employed as museum guards:

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    Not only did they work at a museum, but they get sucked INTO THE ART. That's a next-level dedication to the arts.

    4. When Cookie Monster channeled his inner Bob Ross:

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    That smock and beret are iconic.

    5. When Elmo became a master sculptor:

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    Elmo, Rodin...who can tell the difference?

    6. When Ernie was the best poet of his generation:

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    He can rhyme and everything.

    7. When Grover was a busker:

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    You go, Grover! Bring art to the people!

    8. When they performed an NPR Tiny Desk concert:

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    Step back, pop stars. The Sesame Street team is here to shine.

    9. When Oscar finally received the artistic recognition that he deserves:

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    Trash is his medium, and Oscar is the master.

    10. When they met famous painter Salvador Dalí...um, I mean Salvatore Dada:

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    This clip taught me more about Dadaism than my Intro to Art History class.

    11. When Ernie promoted the "all-natural" beauty movement (literally) by hosting a tree fashion show:

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    Can Ernie host Project Runway?

    12. When Grover inspired one of the world's most famous models, the Muncha (Mona) Lisa:

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    Grover had to get trampled by a cow to cheer up the Muncha Lisa so that she would have her signature smirk.

    13. When Elmo co-starred in a Shakespearean play:

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    As Cookie Monster says, "It don't get classier than this."

    14. When these pigs were the diva icons that we all needed:

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    That confident walk is EVERYTHING.

    15. And when Grover was Vincent Van Dough's (Gogh's) assistant:

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    "Perhaps you should paint the potato eaters..."

    What iconic moments from Sesame Street are we missing? Comment below to remind us about your favorite art scenes.

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