The gravity of a museum visit can be so heavy that you carry it around for days...or sometimes it can pull at you for years afterwards. I have had many such visits over the last 20 years and it is that feeling of being speechless, cracked open, or moved to tears because you see something new or in a new way that keeps me coming back to museums regularly.
We are bombarded my imagery every moment of every day. We walk around with shinny computer screens in our hands. Yet most of what we look at does not move us in a profound way. It is my hope as an art educator that I introduce my students to meaningful and moving imagery, paintings, and sculptures first in the classroom as slide lectures but then in museums for a personal and deep experience. Sometimes the deep experience isn't pleasant as one AP student explained to me after leaving a show at the MFA recently. But that is the point, that the art moves you to really feel and have an emotional and visceral reaction to the message or the way the message is being conveyed.
On a recent field trip to the MET in October, I was again elated to stumble upon another show that blew me away. Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas took over the roof top to create a cite specific installation based on the MET's collection. The sculptures are endlessly interesting to explore and study because as you look, more and more is revealed. The artist has interwoven our history as humans with our contemporary selves to show how enmeshed it all is. The sculptures are dynamic and have tugged at me for months.
This month, in Boston, we are lucky enough to have two shows that will hopefully move you too. Head to the MFA to see Takashi Murakami or to the ICA for Mark Dion and you will find people of all ages experiencing and reacting to interesting ideas and imagery in very different voices.