Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
So far in my short artistic career I have yet to learn how to appreciate meandering through a visual art museum. I don’t feel like I have the knowledge or understanding of basics of art to fully appreciate what I’m looking at. In this article, the question of whether or not devices in a museum is brought up. As some may have seen, Beyonce and Jay-Z along with Blue Ivy recently visited the Louvre and took selfie’s in front of the Mona Lisa. These pictures went viral with many news outlets picking it up. However, it’s bringing some criticism to the idea of museum goers focusing more on taking photos and social media rather than the art that is around them.
As an arts administrator, we walk a fine line between letting people walk away without absorbing anything or feeling the impact of the art they just witnessed, to shoving art in their face. How do you help people to appreciate art without taking away other aspects? I think that the writer of this article makes a good point that by taking advantage of technology, users have more access to a variety of knowledge about whatever they may be looking at. I think finding the balance between technology and art will be a perpetual point of conversation within the arts world.