The Space Of Which We View Art

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The Space in Which We View Art How do we view art? How does the space around the art affect how we feel and think about the art? Does it make a difference? Our surroundings are often very influential in the way we think and feel about events, people, and objects. A relaxed, warm summer evening with family can bring peaceful and positive thoughts, while a loud, crowded party with strangers can bring anxiety and uncomfortableness. Music, color, temperature, and the size of a space can all affect how we feel when we are there. The art world is no different. The space in which we view art, often a museum, can greatly affect our perceptions and feelings about the art that we view, regardless of the actual art piece itself. I recently took a…show more content…
I looked at the Kitsch exchange items first and got a feel for what would be in this exhibition. I then went to the front entrance of the museum and went from there. The spacing of the first few objects welcomed me and drew me inward. The front desk person was also welcoming and positive, helping me feel welcome and that it would be a positive experience. From there, I went up the stairs, pausing slightly to view Richard Pettibone’s Double Jackie and Woman in a Flower Hat. I found the placement of those pieces strange because I didn’t feel like I could just stop on the stairs and look at it as I had people walking behind me. I felt like it was placed there to fill space and that it wasn’t important what it was that was there. When I got to the top of the stairs, there was another museum worker there to greet me and an official beginning to the exhibition. While there were Kitsch pieces in the lobby, this let me know that they were there for me to get a feel for the exhibition as an introduction to the main part of the exhibition. When I entered the exhibit, I entered the room on the right. The art didn’t seem to be placed in a specific order, and seemed to be placed to show no particular direction and welcomed the viewer to walk around and experience the exhibition however they liked. A few paragraphs of information were on the wall, not specifically placed at the beginning, but as an addition to the pieces already seen and insight to the
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