Why are art museums intimidating
You don’t have to “interpret” art, or liken it to a certain style, time period, or long-gone artist. It evokes a certain emotional response in my being and can transport me back to some good times in my life. “I love that painting because it brings me joy.” There’s your profound interpretation of a fine art piece.
Now, I’m not trying to dumb anything down or condemn art lovers who enjoy looking for the artist’s message, mood, or intention.
Many people are aware that elitist views and practices of museums have slowly started to be broken down in order to include culturally diverse art and voices of feminists and the non-ruling class in Canadian art museums.
I believe still a greater amount of change must occur within the walls of museums to bring in a more diverse populace, and to allow a disparate group of voices to be heard so that museums and galleries can work to expand their “interpretive frameworks” .
The museum has been criticized for being anti-art, but the founders deny this, responding that its collection is a tribute to the sincerity of the artists who persevered with their art despite something going horribly wrong in the process.
According to co-founder Marie Jackson, "We are here to celebrate an artist's right to fail, gloriously." The Museum of Bad Art was established in 1994 by antique dealer Scott Wilson, who discovered what has become the museum's signature piece—Lucy in the Field with Flowers—protruding from between two trash cans on a Roslindale-area curb in Boston, among some garbage waiting to be collected.
Perhaps the museum world needs to take itself less seriously.News flash – you don’t have to carry a degree in art history to enjoy and appreciate it.It’s totally fine to just like a piece because you like it. When you hear a new song you like or are introduced to a new sound, I’d venture to say you don’t think to yourself, “Eek, I’ll sure feel stupid if someone asks me to analyze the melody or speak in-depth about how it was arranged.” If someone asks me why I love Pearl Jam, I’ll tell ‘em it’s because their music makes me happy.Evidence of this can easily be seen through what the museum has historically chosen to display—a narrow proportion of art and ideas that the ruling class has deemed worthy.As Michael Baxandall clearly states, “to select and put forward any item for display, as something worth looking at, as interesting, is a statement not only about the object but about the culture it comes from … This is not only true of the display of Western art, but also of curatorial practices when displaying any type of art.