Cultural art graphics at the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI.
As we help our clients tell compelling stories, we thought The Conversation of Art project by the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art was cool way for museum-goers and professionals to tell their stories. On the project’s website, simple but thought-provoking questions about art and museums are posted and participants’ answers run on a live-feed below. Here are a few of our favorite stories:
What’s your museum moment?
Spending hours in Ottawa’s National Gallery before Itchiku Kubota’s incredible “Symphony of Light”, a collection of hand-dyed kimonos representing the seasons at Mt. Fuji. I was moved to tears. When in Japan some years later, I managed to find my way to his personal gallery at Kawaguchi-ko, where I again reveled in the beauty of that work and had a fascinating conversation over tea with his son about the artist and his work. Peak experiences like that one–unbeatable! — Patricia, Bainbridge Island
At the Alamo in San Antonio, as a nine-year-old, staring at a china doll. I suddenly realized people really lived before me, and had possessions they cared about, toys they played with. History was suddenly a living thing, and you could reach back in time and touch other people. — Jennifer Carlson, Tulsa
I have countless moments, but the one that comes to mind was at the Olafur Eliasson exhibit, Take Your Time, at SFMOMA. Nearly each exhibit was interactive, immersive, and the effect was amazing. My favorite was “Beauty”. A fine mist in a lit black box room created a rainbow. Many people stood at the back of the room and looked in, but I, missing the Northwest, ran back and forth under the rainbow until water droplets clung to my clothes and hair. I was in heaven. — Katie Williams, Seattle, WA
I knew art museums were my future when I got to go behind-the-scenes at the Cleveland Museum of Art as a high school student. Since then, I’ve never left the world of art museums. It is my passion. — Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, Alexandria, LA
I grew up in Portland, OR, and I have fond memories of all the museums there. The visits that really stick out in my mind, however, are the trips my mom and I took to the Portland Art Museum. These trips were just about us, usually involving lunch in downtown, and in these magnificent spaces full of beautiful art I could talk about any problems with school, or my future plans, but mainly we just discussed the art and that was enough. — Allie, Seattle
When I was in 3rd grade or so and the local art museum in St. Louis brought an Egyptian mummified cat to our class along with the x-rays of what it looked like inside the coffin. — Erin O.,Fort Worth, TX
Why does art matter to you?
Art unifies, opens doors, breaks down barriers, expands our vision. A world without art would be like popcorn without butter. — Margaret Stine, Bainbridge Island
art is a langues that everyone can read. — sam, florida
What can art teach us?
Art can teach us about our surroundings and how each of us fits in the scheme of things. It allows us to imagine, create and reflect our ideas in a visual representation of our world. — Ricardo Mireles, Texas
Art can teach us that carrots can be purple. (It’s okay to be different). — Anonymous,Lowell, Indiana
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