While walking through the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, I noticed other people taking lots of pictures and talking about the simplicity of some of the more “modern” pieces, but there was one man that really stood out to me. He was a young father carrying a son probably about 3 years old. He was walking slowly, really examining each sculpture and painting and not only explaining and analyzing the art to his son in a very simple way that he could understand, but he was asking his toddler things about the art like “so what do you notice about this sculpture that is the same as the painting we just saw?” to this, the boy would answer something like “its red and yellow!” or “it has ants on it!”.
This duo really caught my attention in the sea of art snobs and elderly couples. Teaching the younger generation about things like fine art and history in a way that doesn’t feel like its being shoved down their throats, I feel, is very important in sustaining a real culture that doesn’t just include Snapchat and Instagram.
Looking back at history of people in general, what do we notice most? What is the element that differentiates the eras in the most noticeable way? It’s art. So in 100 years, what are the people of the future going to say about the creativity of this generation? The choice of filter for our selfies? I sure hope not. We need more parents and teachers that explain the importance of not just “good grades”, but of creativity in this era of robots. Fine arts are dying!