We asked people at a museum: why are they There?
What place do these ancient relics have in modern society?
The current museums are absolutely all about Art, but no one there seems to be able to explain what that means. Modern art museums typically lead us into galleries set out under headings such as ‘The Nineteenth Century’ and ‘The Northern Italian School’, which reflect the academic traditions in which their curators have been educated.
We went down to a local Art museum in New York to meet the people who use them today and to figure out what place they may still have in today's modern world.
This is Phatu-Amaj in the center taking in the glorious nuance of Mona Lisa's smile.
Phatu-Amaj tells us he is visiting all the art museums in New York city to capture photos of his face next to them with no expression whatsoever. When we asked if he himself was an artist creating a collective piece with all of his photos in order to make a commentary the selfie and our present culture's relationship with art and entertainment, he replied:
"No. Just for selfie".
He goes on to point out how all the visitors at the museum like to do the same thing, which is undeniable, but still the question had to be asked: "why?". At this point Phatu-Amaj became agitated and ended the interview to resume documenting his museum crawl.
Sebastian and his wife Esmerelda told us they found the outside of the museum to be just as, if not more enchanting than the inside. They found a life-like sculpture that was like looking in the mirror and they said made the whole trip from The Dominican Republic...
"Totally worth it."
Lastly, Katherine explained to us how important lighting and angles can be to having a good time at the museum. She divulged that "not everyone is comfortable enough with themselves to stand in a crowd and take the 15 or 20 pictures necessary to get the best one for others to see later online" which is why she always gets such good pics of herself in front of artwork, which also seems to be what is going on at most museums today.