How to “Museum” or “Gallery”
Let’s pretend museum and gallery are verbs for the context of this blog. When visiting a museum or a gallery there are two opposing ways to do so: (1) a casual observer seeking inspiration, (2) an astute observer seeking to read everything.
Some museums or galleries, you will definitely have the time to be the astute observer. However, I truly love the act of being a casual observer at a gallery or museum. I love the leisurely stroll as I search for inspiration for a clue of something more significant to my prosaic life. I take out my notebook and write clues, “learn more about...,” “find a book about...,” “seek other exhibitions of...”
This way there is no pressure to see just one piece at the exhibit, I feel no need to stay in line to wait for one popular exhibit among a crowd who sometimes trivializes the piece just in the act of gawking. It also allows me to extend the act of museuming or gallerying. This isn’t the one time that I’m inspired by the Medici family’s view of themselves in art, this is a lifetime of learning about the pieces that I love and seeking for more time with that view.
I also love pairing the trip with a nearby restaurant. If you’re with a friend then you can spend sometime discussing the pieces, the atmosphere, or any other related topic. Some questions that you could pose:
- Does the exhibit have any significance to the current cultural milieu?
- Was the space crowded? How could the space adjust more to your taste?
- Could you see any pieces in your own home? Where?
- Do you want to learn more about an artist, time period, or style?
If you took the trip alone, there is no shame in that! Sometimes its very nice to be selfish and view exhibits only through your eyes without any interference. It’s good to craft your own eye, because at the end of the day, beauty and art is subjective. You are free to have your own taste, no matter what critics could possibly say.
However, if you took the trip alone, I still urge you to go to a restaurant alone and contemplate the pieces. Buy a book or take a pamphlet of an artist or exhibit that made your heart sing. Write a blog, preferably as a member of Budget Collector, so that others could read your thoughts and visit your favorite exhibits or avoid the places that you just found distasteful.
In the end, there is no wrong way to museum or gallery. However, I hope you enjoy your time and find works that you want to appreciate and admire.