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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Who Are you? Who? Who? Who? Who? I REALLY want to know?

In my newest incarnation at a local museum, I am absolutely struggling to learn the art of telling people, primarily children, what looking at art is!

That the value of a person's own eyes (consciously) looking at what is called art, is a valuable act. Actively building on looking together, through facilitating each person speaking about what and how each one sees, in an organized, non-judgmental and encouraging manner, so as to empower the act of looking differently through shared conversation, what and how each person sees. Thereby, taking ownership of the art and the experience of looking_ together.

For example the current feature exhibit, outside of the many permanent, residency and visiting exhibits available to see at the museum_ is work of contemporary photographer, Chris Jordan. The exhibit of his work is titled: Running the Numbers.

*Watch the TED video of Chris' talk about why he does his photography, and notice non-judgmentally how you respond. Then, share it with friends and see how you all do!

I thought titling this post after the Who was appropriate. After all in light of this exhibit's message and mirror, who are we_ each one?!!

Then, some partial answers provoked by this particular exhibit's invitation to see deeply into one's own self, and one's own subsequent (lifelong) choices (in some cases), as documented and mirrored back to us by Chris Jordan's photography_ may for some, be found in these quotes that have recently crossed my own radar:

“I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version.”

_ Don Delillo

“Love does truly come to those who still hope although they've been disappointed_ to those who still believe although they’ve been betrayed, to those who still choose to love

although they’ve been hurt before, and to those who have the courage to build trust again.” _ Paraphrased from Anonymous, posted to the Internet

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