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Transfigurations at The Wexner Center

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  • #1046236

    News
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    Opinion: Don’t touch that — Sterile atmosphere at Wexner Center for the Arts puts visitors on edge
    October 14, 2014
    Daniel Bendtsen

    There’s a reason this section is called “arts and entertainment.” The two have a lot of overlap — in an ideal world, they’d be synonymous: aesthetic and amusement intertwined into one.

    Too often, the “fine arts” (e.g. ballet, sculpture) fail to entertain the masses. For some, art museums can seem to be full of some elitist snobbery, where the phonies go to become sophisticates.

    READ MORE: http://thelantern.com/2014/10/opinion-dont-touch-that-sterile-atmosphere-at-wexner-center-for-the-arts-puts-visitors-on-edge/

    #1046240

    countessbranca
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    I found the security measures in place a little unsettling, but understand that it was likely a negotiated requirement to host the collection.

    It was odd, however, when my purse was searched I was ordered to leave my pack of gum at the front desk, but was allowed to keep several lipsticks, pens, and a small pocket knife. Oh well.

    #1046258
    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami
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    This is ridiculous. It’s a collection of art worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Of course they’re going to have tight security.

    My entire family went on the last free day, including our (rambunctious) small kids. We were able to get right up close to the art, and didn’t have any issues, or feel unwelcomed in any way.

    And personally, I don’t see a problem in treating a room with 18 original Picassos with a modicum of reverence. I’d also be additionally interested in knowing what museums he’s supposedly gone to “where the works dwarf the monetary or historical value of anything the Wex has.” What a complete waste of electronic ink.

    #1046279
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Yeah, kind of a ridiculous way to frame the article… but also an interesting perspective from the on-campus student angle. I’m sure students look at The Wexner Center differently than the rest of the city does.

    #1046280
    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami
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    Yeah, kind of a ridiculous way to frame the article… but also an interesting perspective from the on-campus student angle. I’m sure students look at The Wexner Center differently than the rest of the city does.

    *sigh* Guess I’m just advancing along my way towards crotchety old man status… My first thought was “who gives a <bleep> what the students think!” :D

    #1046295

    Coy
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    While the article is a little snarky, I’d say he’s pretty much right on.
    And, I’d argue that the students opinions, since this is a facility on their campus, are the most relevant.

    I can tell you that, from the student perspective in the arts, that the Wex is consistently mocked by students from all levels and arts genres as being navel gazing and overly pretentious.

    I’ve been to museums all over the US and abroad (and stood much closer to more expensive works by Picasso, Van Gogh, etc), and the only places that I’ve really felt the snootiness are the Wex and the Andy Warhol museum. I think the Wex could do a lot more to make themselves more inviting, and there never will be a successful arts district on campus until they lighten up a bit.

    #1046313

    OneBagTravel
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    It was odd, however, when my purse was searched I was ordered to leave my pack of gum at the front desk, but was allowed to keep several lipsticks, pens, and a small pocket knife. Oh well.

    TSA running side jobs at museums?

    #1046320
    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami
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    I can tell you that, from the student perspective in the arts, that the Wex is consistently mocked by students from all levels and arts genres as being navel gazing and overly pretentious.

    I’ve been to museums all over the US and abroad (and stood much closer to more expensive works by Picasso, Van Gogh, etc), and the only places that I’ve really felt the snootiness are the Wex and the Andy Warhol museum. I think the Wex could do a lot more to make themselves more inviting, and there never will be a successful arts district on campus until they lighten up a bit.

    I accept that people feel this way but I can’t identify with it. I’ve been going to the Wex since it opened, when I was 13, and I’ve always loved it. I’ve never felt unwelcomed there or distanced from the art.

    #1046325
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Yeah, I can’t say I’ve ever noticed much of an atmospheric difference between CMA and Wex. Staff always seems friendly enough at both.

    We’ve not made it to see this new exhibition yet though.

    #1046330

    Coy
    Participant

    I just spoke to someone who has been taking students to view the exhibit and she said the complaints have been of a similar nature regarding the “sterile” environment and feel of the exhibition.

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