"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death." - John F. Kennedy
Yes ideas live on. I had an argument with one of my classmates about the importance of writing books and thinking. He kept saying writing does not lead anywhere. It may not in the moment but later it will pay of.
I the middle of this crazy schedule of reading, writing essays and going to class I found time to visit the art gallery in Manhattanville. I was moved. I could understand what the artists were trying to say so clearly, and even when I could not come up with an interpretation for it I was able to feel something.
So I wrote about it http://mvilletouchstone.com/?p=196
If you just look at an art piece and analyze it superficially noticing color combinations or techniques you are wasting your time.
You need to look at the art piece until you feel what the artist felt making it. Let the art piece become a part of you.
After that process even without knowing it you are not the same person again.
So get this. I missed my bus on the the day I planned to go to MOMA. Not only that but my roomate and another friend said no to going to the museum at the last minute.
It was supposed to be 4 of us on the bus stop. But it was now 2. As I saw the bus walk way full I heard my friend say “why not go next week”. Now before I threaten to murder him, I explained that I have been waiting all my life to see the work of Georgia O’Keeffe (specially her) and other artists. So we took the train, did not even have a bite to eat, walked guided the GPS on his cellphone until finally I could see it. THE MOMA WAS IN FRONT OF ME.
I only had 1 hour to enjoy it :) But 1 hour was enough to make me feel the most amazing aesthetic pleasure I could ever feel.
The color composition was perfect, in fact so perfect I could feel something spiritual connecting me to her paintings but not just hers Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s world has a very similar impact. That museum is my home, my soul belongs in that place contemplating art.
I will be honest I never thought I would EVER in my life enter that museum. This goes to show that in life one can never say never.
I haven’t been writing for some time now. There is a reason for that. I am doing my Ms in NYC. I won a scholarship!!!. For a pessimistic person as myself this comes as a shock…..
However this is not easy…right now I have so much reading to do…..but since I am too tired to read I decided to update my blog.
I went to the MOMA and when I have time I will write about how it felt to see a Georgia O’keeffe face to face :)
1. Cheap: Compare a saturday night of going to the movies or going to the local art museum. If you are doing the math right you can tell museums are almost free, or actually are free on special events and movie theatres are not. Compare it to going to the mall, theme park, disco….anything you want. Bottom line art museums are always cheaper…..
2.Aesthetic pleasure: That is the term scholars use to describe the experience of connecting with a painting. In life any kind of pleasure is risky or has consequences. For example, food can make you gain a lot of unwanted weight or even become a diabetic.
3. Nature comes alive: For some reason you start realizing how beautiful nature is and that God is also an artist. I mean he made trees, he made clouds and made a beautiful blue sky. You start appreciating these things when you learn to love art.
4. Learn to be alone: In this noisy, fast paced society we live in, nothing like getting to know art to relax and reflect on the meaning of your life.
5. Become an artist This to me is the best consequence. You get an outlet for your pain and your thoughts. .