The Space Of Which We View Art

1189 Words Feb 10th, 2016 5 Pages
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 trip to the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on campus and looked at the exhibition, A Matter of Taste: Art, Kitsch, and Culture. The building is not much different than any of the other buildings on campus. From the outside, it is hard to tell what could be inside. It could be just another set of classrooms. This is the first time I have been to the museum and I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got inside. I went through the inside entrance from the arts building and entered immediately into the far end of the lobby. There, a lady at the desk welcomed me and told me about the museum. The lobby was interesting and invited me to proceed forward. It was scattered with people quietly viewing the art around the lobby. The area seemed relaxed…
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