Looking at People Looking at Art

Because sometimes the people watching is better than the art.

“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.” ― Marcel Duchamp

I believe the maxim that the viewer completes the artwork. The job of cultural objects is to challenge and broaden our worldview and our taste. It requires our participation to achieve those goals.

The exhibition of art provides a social space to explore challenging ideas on how our culture should progress or where we have been as humans. At the same time, it provides opportunities to simply escape into aesthetic bliss. The gallery can be a equal parts sanctuary and carnival.

Here is a set of photographs to celebrate the act of looking. Because sometimes, the people watching is as good as the art.

FSU Students Viewing Old Masters at the Ringling Museum of Art
FSU Students Viewing Old Masters at the Ringling Museum of Art (source)
Unidentified male student viewing the student art show, 1980
Unidentified male student viewing the student art show, 1980 (source)
Two visitors viewing painting at the 1904 World's Fair.
Two visitors viewing painting at the 1904 World's Fair. (source)
Viewing the Horses of San Marco exhibition, 1980
Viewing the Horses of San Marco exhibition, 1980 (source)
Mrs. Betsy Graves Reyneau and memorial committee viewing art exhibit
Mrs. Betsy Graves Reyneau and memorial committee viewing art exhibit (source)
50 Years of US Art Exhibition Opening
50 Years of US Art Exhibition Opening (source)
Mother and child viewing art
Mother and child viewing art (source)
Woman viewing student artwork
Woman viewing student artwork (source)
Eva Black Bear viewing artwork
Eva Black Bear viewing artwork (source)
Women view art piece before exhibit opening
Women view art piece before exhibit opening (source)
50 Years of US Art Exhibition Opening
50 Years of US Art Exhibition Opening (source)