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Re: “State of the Art at Boise Art Museum

I think that it is interesting that no one bothers to actually consider what the demographic really is here in Idaho. We have a huge conservative base that enjoys a certain type of art. The Audobon exhibit did a very good job satisfying that demographic, but they didn't stop there...they also had contemporary birds, and Wanxin Zhang chinese sculptures. And if you actually went to the opening you would have seen the mimes there along with birds of prey. There were many things of interest for all kinds of people. Each of these exhibits were focused on the different demographics of our area. BAM exhibits art that is relevant to the many different types of people here in Idaho. BAM is not about pleasing one kind of people, much like the Weekly does.

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Posted by boise7634 on 07/29/2010 at 2:18 PM

Re: “State of the Art at Boise Art Museum

There are plenty of galleries around town that are free and people don't go to those openings either, so let's not place the blame on BAM. Our society is taking a shift away from the Arts and is leaning on Math and Science, so the problem with getting Art to the community is not the responsibility of BAM alone. I wouldn't mind seeing events that are up and coming listed in the Weekly's event section, but more often then not those venues are left out. You tell me how to get Joe Plumber to come on down to the Linen Building Gallery or any other gallery in town free of charge, and i will pat you on the back and say well done. Its not BAMs fault that people in this area have a lack of interest in Art. And Income level has nothing to do with going out and experiencing the Arts, they are out there free of charge for those that can't pay the "heavy" $10 charge to get into BAM. I am afraid though, there are those who much rather go to Edwards and catch a good flick for $10 bucks then spend it on a couple hours of taking in an art exhibit and letting their minds work a bit past the "boredom" and find something truly incredible. Boise does have that kind of Art and it is a pity that bambam has no idea that it even exists.

Posted by boise7634 on 07/28/2010 at 3:55 PM

Re: “State of the Art at Boise Art Museum

I believe in Boise we have a group of artists that believe they are entitled to the whole art scene in this community. Really, the mere mention of a theme and they are all in an uproar. Is it really so difficult to look at your art and find greater meaning in it? Instead of really diving deaper into their work, they go straight to the Boise Weekly and complain about the Triennial. And leave it to the Weekly to find an agenda to push. And about the exhibitions that are supposedly subpar, the quilt exhibit was a look into history and racial issues, the Audobon exhibit showed a deeper look into environmentalism, the Robot exhibit was a show geared toward technology. If people find themselves bored, it is because they lack the depth it takes to truly appreciate art. This article seemed like a onesided attack on the Art Museum by a community of artists that feel they are entitled to every show that happens here in Boise. The Weekly could have interviewed up and coming artists that tried to get into the J Christ gallery but never could. They could have shown that an interest in Art is diminishing as schools take out Art programs and replace them with Math and Science. I am in that age group of 20 to 30s and I believe that it is my responsibility to make myself more aware of Art in this community and I have found that my experience with the Boise Art Museum has been very rewarding.

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Posted by boise7634 on 07/28/2010 at 11:29 AM

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