What is art? Why is art important? In a city of countless museums and arts institutions, you would think Washingtonians especially would have these questions answered. But with access to so much information, examples and exceptions to the rules, the access to information makes these big questions even harder to answer. And because art is so variable and different people have access to different kinds of art, it is hard for anyone to truly be an expert.
When exposed to art, whether through a gallery or theater or concert hall, most people are under the impression that somebody else in the room "gets it" better than they do: that somebody else, or perhaps everyone else, experiences the painting or play or song with a higher level of understanding. Without concrete answers and with the potential opportunity embarrass him/herself, many people begin to show signs of fear.Read More