Friday Faves – Vol. 6

Our Friday Faves for this week touch on some words we hope  describe HappeningsCLT – thoughtful, provocative, creative, and collaborative.

We just love that on October 24th Charlotte artist Sharon Dowell will be presenting at TEDxCharlotte. As you may know, TEDx events are independently organized programs created in the spirit of (and with guidance from) TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. At the upcoming TEDxCharlotte event,  it seems that both TEDTalks video and live speakers will be featured. We hope the program won’t disappoint with such a noteworthy list of speakers. Purchasing a ticket will set you back $50, but you will get a catered lunch. More importantly, we hope the event will be inspiring and invigorating for our community.


In the same spirit of discussion and observation, we enjoyed reading art critic Phillip Kennicott‘s article in the Washington Post, “How to View Art: Be Dead Serious about it, but don’t expect too much.”  Kennicott lays out some rules for us, including spending adequate time with art, reading up in advance, finding quiet, etc. But he’s candid — and comical too. He closes with this: “Rather, by forcing us to confront contradiction, art makes us ridiculous, exposes our pathetic attempts to make sense of experience, reveals the fault lines of our incredibly faulty knowledge of ourselves and the world. It is nasty, dangerous stuff, and not to be trifled with. Some practical advice: If you feel better about yourself when you leave a museum, you’re probably doing it all wrong.”

A few days later, Hyperallergic posted a response, “Five Rules for (Kinda) Viewing Art.” But Jillian Steinhauer‘s tongue-in-cheek suggestion that the best way to ensure seeing a lot of art is to set an Instagram quota might not actually be such a ridiculous idea. Ok, ok, the quota part is silly, but we consider ourselves quite serious about viewing art and we’re not opposed to taking lots of photos in museums and galleries. In fact, we advocate snapping lots of pics (when permitted). We even take photos of labels. It means we can dig deeper after we leave the museum, armed with images of works we found inspiring – or even confusing. Either way, we want to “study up” as Kennicott suggests; even at our age, we can’t always rely on our memories.

The last of our Friday Faves has been a favorite for awhile. We love checking out Studio Visit, MoMA PS1’s web-based presentations of artists’ studios from the five boroughs/New York. While on your lunch break you can just take a quick trip to Darren Goin’s Brooklyn-based studioGoins is a North Carolina native and a graduate of UNC-Charlotte. You can learn all of that — and more — on the site. There are currently over 2100 studios available to view so we suggest visiting often!

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Happy Weekend!

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