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Also, remember there are people who still want a peaceful, reflective
experience in art museums. We need to serve them, too!
Kathrine Walker, Education Coordinator, Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State
P.S. Living artists and Soho are great - use them too! Students should
be exposed to all aspects of the art world.
On Tue, 3 Sep 1996, KPRS wrote:
> dabssw wrote:
> > I recently visited the Smithsonian's collection of art museums/galleries and
> > having a little time left ventured into the air and space museum. I stood in
> > amazement - why is it that the air and space is a haven of excitment and
> > activity from all those, both young and old from counteries all over the globe,
> > who continue to be enthralled by all they see within it? and how sad I felt -
> > why did people trudge heavy footed through the art galleries, those galleries so
> > clinical so - "do not touch"?
> > IT IS TIME TO ACT - ART IS EXCITING IS INTERACTIVE so lets throw out those old
> > museums and replace them with opportunities to touch to feel to do.
> That is precisely why I take my students to SoHo in New York City 4 times
> a year. There are hundreds of galleries, with a variety of art, some
> good, some not so good, all exciting. No one tells my students that by
> virtue of the fact that the work is hanging in the gallery that it is
> "good" or "important" or "famous" or any other expectations. My students
> get to make up their own minds, and have frequently even had dialogues
> with the artists who happen to be there. Not only do I take 45 of my
> nearest and dearest in the yellow limonsine, I volunteer other discilined
> teachers (i.e. English, Math, History) to be chaparones, and then they
> enter into dialogues with the students about the art. You probably have
> read my definition of art, I sent it through the molecules....so imagine
> if you will when you walk into an art gallery, and see finely crafted,
> hand made, furniture, like credenzas, hutches, and highboys, and you are
> encouraged to open drawers, and doors, only to find nicely arranged piles
> of dog poop in them. Of course, (you don't know me yet, but trust me) I
> roar with laughter, and the kids have to scrape me up off the floor. NOW
> how can you not have a conversation about what art is??????
> My students are encouraged to go to the Met, Whitney, and Gugenheim, as
> well as the Museum of Modern Art. They know in their heart of hearts,
> through, that someone else has made the aesthetic and historic and
> cultural decision that these pieces gracing the walls are important. In
> that context they try to dialogue about why, but in the context of SoHo
> they dialogue about why not.
> San D