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inaccessibility to the arts


Date: Tue Oct 30 2001 - 11:44:39 PST

Can I get your opinion about something? I have to write tour scripts for a silk show and I can't get past the inaccessibility of this subject matter to a large part of the population.

I am trying to write the tour so that we are talking about image and identity in art and not focusing solely on the portraits of wealthy people wearing silk. The idea of the curator is that the tour will be about the democratization of silk. But still it's the upper class who's portrayed in this show.

I plan to include two portraits of the silk exhibit -- one of a woman making silk thread in her home, and the other a Blackburn portrait of a woman wearing silk -- with self-portraits by Diego Rivera and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith using the overall theme of image and identity -- both of the artist (and the sitter in the case of the first two paintings).

What do you all think about this? Thanks for your time.

Julie Sawyer
Associate Curator of Education
Smith College Museum of Art