Hanging out in an art museum.
by alecio de andrade
He presented the project to me as an experiment in narrative, and the ways in which narrative can add meaning and therefore value that might have absolutely no value. — Future of Storytelling
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There’s evidence of a great passion for excellence that only the artist himself could define, and pursuing that passion seems to have been the basis of much of his self-torment. — Chris Moore on Van Gogh in Sacré Bleu (400)
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When art is removed as the province of professional artists, a dangerous gulf develops… The fine arts are elevated and set apart from life, becoming too precious and therefore irrelevant. Having banished art to the museum, we fail to give it a place in ordinary life. — T. Moore (1992) via Csikszentmihalyi
Docent Stories: Mary Therrien
Fifth Graders Respond to Mark Rothko’s Orange and Yellow
In honor of our first Art’scool tour of the season today, here’s a favorite story from our docent Mary Therrien:
I led a group of fifth graders to Mark Rothko’s Orange and Yellow, 1956, and asked, “Would anyone want this painting in their bedroom?”
A boy’s hand shot up, and he said, “Yes!”
“Why?” I asked.
“Because I see a pillow (yellow) and a blanket (orange).”
Then, a second boy’s hand went up, and he said, “Me too!”
“Why?” I asked.
“I want it directly across from my bed. When I wake up in the morning, I’ll see a sunrise (yellow), and when I go to bed at night, I’ll see a sunset (orange).”
Image: © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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