Smart Art: Everywhere you looked there was art

Sara Torgerson
Arts Editor

How can we bring art culture to the American public? It seems as though museum

Photo: Google Images

Photo: Google Images

culture is reserved for a small class of people, normally seen as elitist, and that the general public only visits museums on special occasions, or not at all. This summer, art is being brought out of the museum and to the American public.
 The New York Times reported on Sunday, April 6 that five of America’s leading museums, The Whitney in New York, the National Gallery in D.C., Chicago Institute of Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are working in collaboration with the Outdoor Advertising Association of America to exhibit reproductions of famous American works of art on billboards from coast to coast.
Museum directors and the OAAA created the project as a way to bring more people into galleries and museums as well as promote business for billboard advertising.
Each museum selected 20 iconic works from their collections to be voted on by the public at ArtEverywhereUS.org until May 7. The 50 selected pieces will be announced on June 20 and displayed in August. The option to vote helps make this project even more interactive. Not only is art moving outside the museum and reaching a general public, but it is actually chosen by the public. Americans will have curated the art we will see in the coming months. Thus, this project celebrates all that is American democracy, the right to partake in culture, and will honor the past artists who made American art great.

Smart Art: Pink and gender roles in the art world

Sara Torgerson
Arts Editor

For the past couple of months I have been thinking about gender roles. I think of my introductory

Expressive piece representing pink as the color of life (Photo: Google Images)

Expressive piece representing pink as the color of life (Photo: Google Images)

lessons from Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex” and her proclamation that women are more loyal to men of their same class or social circle than women who share their struggle as the “second sex.” Beauvoir recognized the ways in which women have played a part in their own oppression. I see myself and others do this too. Until recently, I always competed with other women in the arts rather than see how we could work together. Sometimes it seems as though there are only so many positions for women, therefore, one must stomp on the fingers of others.
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Smart Art: Starting the conversation

Sara Torgerson
Arts Editor

On Feb. 5 students at Wellesley College, just outside of Boston, were startled to see the figure of a half naked man, lost in the

The Sleep Walker statue at Wellesley College (Photo: Google)

The Sleep Walker statue at Wellesley College (Photo: Google)

snow. At first glance the man is middle aged, wearing nothing but white briefs, and has a small belly hanging over his waistband. His arms are stretch out causing him to appear like he’s grabbing for something or is confused. At first glance you cannot tell if he’s real or not, but after a couple minutes, one realizes that he’s definitely a sculpture.
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Smart Art: Art, at what cost?

Sara Torgerson
Arts Editor

Over the break I went to a museum that I have long wanted to visit, but have not had the chance to do so. When I walked up to the ticket counter at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art I quickly realized why. I had always been under the age of 17 or a member of the museum, so my admission would have been free. Because I am neither of those things, the total ticket cost for my father and I was $40. That amounts to $20 each. I realize that $20 for admission to museum as well as tickets to a special exhibition is not that much in the grand scope of things, but I could not help but think, why isn’t this free?
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Musings of a second-semester senior

Sara Torgerson
Arts Editor

Here we are, three and a half years in and only 15 weeks until I will have finished my undergraduate degree. We are in the home stretch – running toward what? As I start this last semester my days are filled with constant stress, excitement, questions, and, most of all, fear.
Every day I ask myself, “What the hell am I going to do with my life?” Unfortunately, everyone else I know is asking me the same question.  The only people who avoid any topic matter concerning the months after May 23rd are my fellow peers who will be walking at commencement. I think most of us have come together in solidarity in the fact that we don’t really have a clue. This results in panic.
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