Saturday, March 12, 2005

3rd Person Omniscient People

The people who write the "cue cards" for displayed works of art in museums have the most interesting job. They have to stradle the silence/participation balance delicately -- giving enough context to produce greater appreciation/thought, but not enough to cause premature cognitive commitment, as Frank would say.

Further, their words are wholly authorless, and in fact, have the position of being God-like. There words are not portrayed as being the creation of opinion, but rather simple state fact that is inherent in the state of existence, as fundamental as an atom or a mountain.

What a powerful, difficult and thankless job. I'd love to meet such an artist/critic -- they seem to be an example of someone who is "far enough from me to be stimulating, but close enough to be consumable". Admittedly, though, I would lose respect for them if they themselves did not feel to be an artist at heart -- thus upsetting the silence/participation balance in their personal lives.

I'd start with one who works for the San Francisco MoMa.

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