A screenshot from the TiK Tok account Sink Reviews, criticizing the Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) bathroom sinks and faucets (courtesy of Sink Reviews)

A quirky Tik Tok account dedicated to rating sinks and faucets in public bathrooms across New York City posted a scathing takedown of the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) new washrooms.

Sink Reviews delivers amusing, detailed reviews of sinks in restrooms at restaurants, parks, and other public dwellings, sizing up their aesthetics and functionality. Its anonymous creator eloquently reviewed sinks at places like IKEA, the Rockefeller Center, and Chelsea Market, among others. He has created a whole new sub-genre of criticism that he calls “Sink-tok,” using a rating system of one to five “sinks.” The growingly popular account boasts more than 712,000 followers to date, making many users notice and appreciate sinks for the first time.

“You’d expect one of the preeminent art museums in the world to have sublime sinks,” the sink critic said about MoMA’s facilities. He added, “Like a painting that doesn’t connect with you, I feel I’m left cold by these.”

The reviewer slammed the water flow of MoMA’s top-notch Dyson Airblade faucet-hand dryer hybrid as “frail and uninspired,” complaining that the dryers don’t even work. A few commentators, however, suggested that the built-in hand dryers were probably turned off due to COVID-19 safety protocols, pointing to signs on the mirror instructing visitors to use paper towels for drying.

Though the critic admired the “austere” design of the counter and the communal sloped basin of MoMA’s sinks, he determined that these chic design elements are “not enough to make up for the poor performance.”

“These faucets attempt to broadcast taste and refinement while all they actually communicate is a shallow attempt at taking a shortcut to achieve style by an institution that should know better,” he firmly concluded, giving MoMA a poor score of “two sinks.”

In the comment section, many of the account’s fans seemed to agree with the reviewer’s unforgiving judgment.

“Truly a missed opportunity,” one user lamented. “I have never listened to someone be so correct in my life,” another concurred.

Summing up the general sentiment, one commentator raised the rallying cry: “Say it with me now: stainless steel and marble does NOT make up for weak water pressure. Unacceptable.”

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Hakim Bishara is a Senior Editor at Hyperallergic. He is also a co-director at Soloway Gallery, an artist-run space in Brooklyn. Bishara is a recipient of the 2019 Andy Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital...