Art viewing in the wake (fwd)
- Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2001 21:02:51
From: Barney Gage <barneygage@...>
Subject: Art viewing in the wake
We have been encouraged to get out and look at art in the wake of the
tragedy in Manhattan two weeks ago. I have done so and want to encourage
others to do so. Hearing that the Museum of Fine Arts had free
admission, I went to check it out. My brief tour started with "A Studio
of Her Own" about the development of female artists in the Boston area.
From there a combination of laziness and whim took me through the Nubian
gallery to see traditional Hindu art and Persian textiles. I learned
that Iranian artists could indeed depict the human body. (I had assumed
that they could not being Islamic.) I also went out to Salem to the
Peabody Maritime Museum two see two temporary exhibits there. The Iziro
photographs of sacred places exhibit certainly did give me a sense of
durability. The only photos of the West here are of neolithic sites in
Brittany and Orkney. But even the photos of plants eroding Angkor Wat or
the view of Kailas ("navel of the world") were somehow reassuring. The
Forbidden City exhibit brought me face to face with other cultures'
values: how many of us here play thigh bone flutes as Tibetan monks do?
I came out much soberer about the place of American civilization (and its
architecture) in the world, but also rejuvenated and more hopeful. I
want to encourage the experience.
Unfortunately, the Forbidden City exhibit closes after this weekend, but
the Iziro photographs will remain open for another month or two.
Meanwhile, the Museum of Fine Arts will be free admission until Sunday 30
PS: Remember to get out and socialize this weekend. Say no to tyrrany
from either side!
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