What’s the point of art?
There’s my whole blog here, not to mention universities, cultural movements, museums, entire lives, and who knows what else-all dedicated to art. Sometimes it makes me wonder:What’s the point? What is the point of art, and is it really that important?
Cesar A. Cruz said:
“Art should comfort the disturb and disturb the comfortable.”
So, done. All figured out. Thank you Cesar for clearing that up.
The only problem is figuring out what in the world he meant, and if we even agree with him.
So first off:“Art should comfort the disturbed…”
Comforting the disturbed seems like a pretty worthwhile goal.
I’ve bonded with friends over movies, been refreshed by a beautiful graphic novel, been encouraged by adventurous novels, and was inspired by gorgeous art and mind-blowing sci fi.
I’d say that, yes, art has definitely comforted me when I was disturbed.
And not just me, art has also been a huge part of social movements throughout history and has been used to comfort/encourage/inspire those suffering through horrible experiences.
When people are scared or hurt some of them always reach out to each other with art.
You can look on Instagram right now and see that every recent tragedy has people trying to process it and show how they care about others through whatever medium they use.