TAKE YOUR KIDS TO SEE AS MUCH ART AS POSSIBLE – SUNDAY AT THE MOMA

TAKE YOUR KIDS TO SEE AS MUCH ART AS POSSIBLE – SUNDAY AT THE MOMA

TAKE YOUR KIDS TO SEE AS MUCH ART AS POSSIBLE – SUNDAY AT THE MOMA

 

Mr. Dan and I did two amazing performances of the Concert For Little Superheroes on Saturday at the Mastics-Shirley Library in Long Island. They were fantastic.  Afterwards I met up with my little brother, Harris, and some of his friends in Brooklyn. One of his friends  (from the  finance world) was like, “I don’t see the point of modern art – it’s such a waste, it’s pointless, etc.”  The point I wanted to make with him is that modern art is like a natural resource. Our society is amazing because of art!  I feel like it is my job to make a rational case for the  more practical side of the arts. I want more school administrators to hire more art and music teachers.  I want people to see that art is how we make our society great. It’s how we think outside the box. It’s how we tell better and clearer stories . It’s how we engage and intrigue people. It’s how we make new ideas. Bad art is also invaluable because it teaches us what we want to avoid – what not to do.  Great ideas can come from not-so-great ideas.  Some of the most inspiring theater I’ve seen is some of the  worst theater I’ve seen.

The thing I love the most about art is that it is a lesson in seeing things. Sometimes we get so caught up in getting from point A to point B to point C. And we miss all the great stuff that is happening as we are traveling.  That is a travesty.  I also love art because it’s refreshing and relaxing to go see it.  It’s a place where there are a  lot of ideas.  I love that.  It’s also a lesson in  “You don’t know everything there is to know.” It’s a very humbling experience. As I was looking at pictures I was thinking, “This world exists? And this landscape exists? This idea exists? I had no idea that this existed.”  I absolutely get caught up in thinking that the world revolves around me  sometimes (*cough* *cough* – by “sometimes” I mean all the time – have you read my Facebook posts lately?). I think that goes with human nature.  We all do that.  When I go to art museums – I see these other people in the paintings – and they have their own stories.  And I wonder what their lives are like.  Like the musicians in Picasso’s painting – who are they? What did they actually look like? What experiences did they have? What music are they making? What clothes are they wearing? Is that a dog on the ground? Where are they? What do they know that I don’t know? What have they seen that I have never seen? What was Picasso thinking or seeing?

Art is bliss.  You can absolutely disagree with me – and I have no animosity towards people in finance who don’t like modern art. What we both do is important. I feel strongly about that. I like to think that we both need each other to exist. Everyone needs everybody. I look to create bridges. To me art is like a breath of fresh air. It’s like reading an amazing book or hearing a new point of view. Seeing a funny movie. It’s transcendent. It’s wonderful.  I also saw Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. I showcase it in the show sometimes as an app. In real life – it’s actually not as amazing to look at compared to the other paintings in the museum (for me).  There are other paintings that  are out of this world at the Museum of Modern Art.  That was a learning lesson for me.  There was another Van Gogh painting of a postman  and his beard is the most wonderful thing ever.  I’ve included it in the bottom of this post.

When I was a kid I kicked and screamed and whined when my parents took me to the art galleries in Washington D.C.  Now I go see art any chance that I can get.  Take your kids to see as much art as possible.

 

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