I really enjoy reading your column. It helps me keep in touch with what’s going on and understand more deeply different aspects of the museum, behind the scenes.
I feel so lucky to have experienced Song in person. It was enchanting and spellbinding. As I sat transfixed, I loved watching the reaction of visitors who stumbled upon it. I will remember it a long time.
One suggestion for the forum gallery with his other work…it would have been nice to have some benches. We had to sit on the floor to watch the entire performance…or was the artist’s idea not to encourage this? (Some of us with bad backs, legs or feet have problems standing still for even short periods of time without discomfort, lessening our enjoyment of the piece.)
To tell you the truth we weren’t too impressed with it. Just because the creator thinks it’s art doesn’t mean that we have to agree it is and appreciate it. The same thing with some of the stuff upstairs in the museum of art, such as the stuff you see when you first go in that looks like it’s from a dumpster. I take my grand-daughter there fairly often and I have no way of explaining some of the stuff to her when it doesn’t even make sense to me.
Some of us still like and appreciate the classics.
We hated this exhibition. It was not artistic in any way shape or form. Esp. the video showing the artist and his mom in a spitting contest.
The kids were appalled.
Kudos for “Inside the Museum” in general, and the comments on Ragnar Kjartansson, specifically. Pgh. needs you. Also, stay the course on any criticism of the Thek exhibition. Your drawing together of disparate cells within the community through Culture Club, a trip to St. Anthony’s, the book group, etc., using thematics that would bring people back to the museum, is very smart. Thanks. Don’t be discouraged, as Pgh. sensibilities sometimes are slow to awaken, but they shall, with gusto. Sincerely, Carole Stanier
I was both surprised & pleased that I took the time to read this email. I found it interesting & informative. I will pay better attention to future pieces. Thank you. [ I had seen some of Jackson Pollock's work at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice a few years ago [2008?] but didn’t know that action art was his forte!]. No need to respond.
Goldie [Marigold A. Edwards]
I think Ragnar’s exhibition and show were both wonderful! Keep up the good work!
I was at the museum when “Song” was performed. It was breathtakingly lovely!
I was thrilled my children were able to see another kind of “art,” and it gave me an opportunity to explain to them how art is all around us. Thank you to those beautiful young women as well for a wonderful performance.
Thank you for the intelligent and thoughtful letters you write to members each month. I enjoy hearing about what is going on at the museums, as well as about contemporary issues in the art world. It’s clear to me that you are passionate about making art accessible and exciting to our community.
I appreciate your efforts.