Last week Saturday, I made my way down to the DIA to see the Van Gogh exhibit. While the Van Gogh exhibit was nice, it was not the highlight of my day nor did it inspire the colorfulness I’ve sought from the world after leaving the museum. I’ve been meaning to write this post everyday since, so bare with me if I fail to connect or articulate how empowered I felt after leaving the DIA.
My day’s surprise came when I walked onto the main floor and saw the Shirin Neshat exhibit. Her abundance of creativity was on full display through her videos, photography and poems. I was really taken back by her work.
I was specifically taken back by a poem or passage from her video; which I’ve tried hard to find during my sitting writing this post but was unable to. So forgive me but I did write my interpretation after reading it and experiencing the remainder of the exhibit. If you know the origin of it, please let me know. I assume it came from her work of Rebellious Silence.
In life, we’re all oppressed by society, until we find our way in society.
I didn’t stop there, as her work channeled my inner poet.
Artist are the best sales people. They have to convince people their work is art and beautiful and a lot of times it is done without words.
Art is Subjective
Art is anything that you can describe through expression.
My writing didn’t stop after leaving the DIA. After a few stops (favorite coffeeshop & growing on me burger joint), I made my way to Eastern Market to the X Games to the Detroit event. I’ve to admit that I stereotyped the event’s crowd before going but again was taken back but this time by the diversity. There were all ages and cultures in attendance to watch Skateboarders, Rollerbladers, BMX Riders show off their art by performing tricks, grinding poles and being fearless on a Half-Pipe. The event was centered around a group’s effort to convince ESPN to bring the X Games to Detroit. A centerpiece of the event was the trailer that the group submitted to ESPN. The video did nothing short of embrace the hidden beauty in Detroit, while allowing these extreme sport artist to show off their work.
A great video by the folks at The Work.
The diversity in this crowd only made me think about how many were missing out of this opportunity. I wondered are businesses aware of the diversity in this community. Here are just some one liners I jotted down during my time at the event. — A Day in Art
Find your community, they exist and are meeting up right now.
Your community is more diverse than you think.
If you will not participate, you fail to innovate.