Should Art Museums Be Democratized? Essay

1554 Words Oct 29th, 2012 7 Pages
The art museum is a place that collects and preserves very valuable and profound pieces of art created by some of the most influential artists of all time. Not everyone can understand the emotions and profound ideas that are expressed in old works of art. Only a fraction of all people can really appreciate a fine work of art and understand its true meaning. Many people that go to the art museum do not belong. They do not hold the higher level of education needed to look at a painting and see its full potential. I do not think the people of art museums should put in the effort to democratize these institutions mainly because you cannot train people to enjoy art, because education of art is not valued, and because the elitism of the art …show more content…
They should already know the history of the art and they should only be at the museum to look at it and find the meaning of it. The art museums should only have to provide labels, lighting, and walls the visitors should know everything else before they get there. Zolberg says,” many art museums are more interested in having art historians on their staffs than in hiring educators who have ideas about the public and school programs and contacts with teachers and school bureaucracies (Zolberg 53).” Art museums know that the visitors who are forced to go there through school or other organizations are not going to be happy there and that is why they don’t want to put in the effort to attract those types of visitors. Many museum people say that you cannot teach a person about art education, it is one of those things that “You have got…or you isn’t got…and you are not going to train it into a person (Zolberg 54).” The people that run art museums have more important things to be worried about such as security, trading, and preserving the art.
Another reason why museum professionals are not worth hiring is because it

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