Art not politics

We took off today and went to Wickenburg, Arizona. My parents and our daughter were in town and we wanted them to see an old western town. And, we had never been there either and were curious.

It was a nice trip out to the town and on the way back home we took a peak at Lake Pleasant. Beautiful terrain! Incredible weather! Wonderful time together!

The town is really pretty cool and does feel like a bit of a step back into time. We had a nice tour of the town and then headed over to a local dive “Nana’s” that served us water in old jars and had some of the best comfort food I have had in a long time. Check out the picture of all of us below:

One of the highlights of the trip to this famous Arizona town was our jaunt into the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. Great western memorabilia including saddles, guns, gems, miniatures, recreated town, bola ties (not bolos as I was taught), various art pieces and more.

I was having a great time until I ran into an employee with a bad attitude. It wasn’t directed toward us. It was directed toward the city leaders who had decided to do something he didn’t like. His opinion was stated loudly and often.

He wasn’t just talking about how he felt about the decision. He was stating his opinion about the persons themselves. He was making disparaging remarks about them. Eventually, I grew tired of listening to his tirade. I was there to enjoy the art, not hear his negative opinions stated rudely and repeatedly.

When we were ready to leave this excellent museum, I looked at the wall at the quote from the curator. I thought it was an interesting contrast:

“Art is a very personal thing; what one person loves might leave another one cold. But, a person’s opinion of a work of art is not what makes the piece good — or bad — art. Ultimately a work of art is successful if the viewer reacts to it and responds, whether the response is rejection, intolerance, or adulation.”

“If a work of art or an object in the exhibition makes you stop and ask,’What is that?’ or if it prompts a reaction – in your body or mind – then we have achieved our educational mission. Perhaps you will even be inspired to collect a piece of the West yourself.”  W. James Burns, PHD

I love the fact that with art we can all have our personal opinion about what we like or dislike. Art is designed to get a reaction. We tend to be able to talk about it without throwing stones at another person’s reaction. Why can’t we do that with decisions others make with which we disagree?

Why do what we consider “bad politics” mean the person is somehow “bad?”  With art, we can think something is bad art without that meaning the artist is somehow bad.

I think we should treat life and people more like art and less like politics. Disagree without being disagreeable!

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