I like this little blurb of an article from the Observer about the shifting relationships between audiences and artwork at the MOMA, and how best to transform the spaces in the museum from shrines of quiet veneration into forums of energy and debate.
I like it because although it does not offer solutions, it exposes some of the disorientating messiness that occurs only when the canons are shaken to the core. What to do with the traditionalists? What to do with the radicals? What to do with the art? Nobody knows, but institutions are experimenting and that is a good thing.
Nobody ever knows what the “best” atmostphere is for “appreciating” art. Period. At times in our illustrious and notorious Western history, we thought we knew definitively what comprised a civilized viewing space. But that construct has been laid bare so often that even its parody (see “Please Do Not Touch the Work of Art” by Raqs Media Collective) has become somewhat tiresome.
What does this space (these spaces) look like… between the temple and the bus terminal? One can only hope/act so that in the future it means many things, and our arts institutions, our public artworks, and our private experiences with art, are indicative of many paths and many voices.