Cultural Mapping Through Museums

Art cannot be confined to a Museums.It has many levels of depth pertaining to it.The message it is expressing to all is not always recognized, but is always received.This is what I am learning.Before this class, I thought that I did not know anything about Art, that Art was like every other subject that I have taken, where there is no room for your opinion.That it is either black or white, right or wrong, but this is not true.By questioning, you begin to understand what the artist is expressing.This is exactly what the title of our book, Believing is Seeing, has been trying to express.You reflect your beliefs into the Art.It is not the other way around, seeing is believing, because you already have opinions.If you were a blank chock board then it would be seeing is believing, but you are not like this, you already have opinions about everything.You have to unlearn everything you know in order to understand Art.You learn that even if you do not think you have an opinion about something, that actually you do, but you just do not know it.
This semester we have been to the following museums in the following order: Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA), Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), Watt’s Towers, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and The Getty Museum.Each Museum needed less validation as an institution compared to the previous one.Based on this, you cannot assume that the statements made by the Getty and LACMA are all positive statements.The higher one goes through a hierarchy the more one needs to question the foundation of the statement.The only thing that occurs towards the top of a hierarchy is more means to support their statement.Something which each museum has shown us is cultural mapping, and through the mapping dominant vs. marginal culture.Every day I am finding out that I am more and more against the dominant culture and I am understanding the reason why.I grew up in San Marino,…


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