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Alberta: Consider that art is a visual and physical record of the
development of people on earth; it is often the only record left of
peoples who left no written/verbal records, or whose records are
lost. The study of art allows us to explore people/place/ideas near
and far, recent and ancitnt.
The study of art history is often considered on much narrower terms:
as the study of artists and their work. As you may know, the
discipline of art history was a European concept, and was based on
the assumption that the Greek ideal was a standard against which all
other art could be judged or compared. Only in recent years has
this assumption been challenged, and we are now undergoing that
painful, essential transition of "recognizing" "others" toward a
time when the "we/they" issues are diminished, or moot. (Already
through the wringer are the debates, legitimately raised by women
and artist of color, about being singled out on the factors of sex
or race rather than on the merits of their work alone.)
I look forward to a time when the term "multicultural" is obsolete,
when the study of all works/all peoples is naturally addressed with
equal weight and respect. May it happen in our lifetime.
-Patience Young, Curator of Education, Stanford University Museum of