Recently, the lovely Julia asked me: What made you passionate about studying art history and museum studies?
Guys. I actually had a really hard time answering this. I mean, sure, I could have given the cop out answer - oh I just looove eeeet, blah blah blah. Which is true, but why do I love it? I've devoted 6+ years of my life to studying and writing about art, this question deserves a well-thought-out answer.
Why did I study art? Had I really never thought about this before? The more I thought about it, the more I realized art has always been a constant in my life. I'm definitely an over-analyzer and studying art was the one thing I never questioned. I just did it... weird huh? That must mean that it'll come in handy in this life right??
After days (sadly) of contemplating this question, I finally got it. On a fundamental level, the reason I'm drawn to art is: storytelling. Artwork has an especially unique storytelling ability, one that has the capability to unite the masses and transcend time, cultural differences, and language barriers. Pretty powerful, eh? Going to any big city museum is a testament to this... tourists of alllll kinds are there, in the same place, viewing the artwork and learning its story.
Maaaybe I just never really got over loving story time from my childhood... it was my favorite part of the whole entire day, especially with my Dad's awesome storytelling voices. Art history classes were like nonstop story time for adults... I couldn't get enough insider knowledge about Rauschenberg's bed or de Kooning's women... I loved being able to read a painting. Artwork is like a peephole - or a screenshot for all my tech savvy folks - of a particular time, culture, location, person... art and art history are tools for understanding. And since I looove to think and contemplate and over-analyze, clearly this is appealing to me...
And why museum studies? After 4 years of art history in undergrad, I thought museum studies would be a "practical" move... ohh me.
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