After spending the last two and half months as a tour guide at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, I've developed a real appreciation for visitors who know next to nothing about art. As an art major, surrounded by intellectuals, it can be strange to find yourself discussing paintings with people who have never read Baudrillard. It's been a wake-up call to find that so many people visit our institution out of love for Cole's painting, rather than from any academic program or agenda; guiding people through his artwork has been a lesson in appreciating the beauty of art. In a sense it's been a reminder of why I chose to study art in the first place. One of my professors told me that art historians often neglect to simply look at pictures, tending to forget what makes those images appealing and capable of carrying meaning and commentary.
So here's to just looking at art.
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