• Questions About Art

What is artistic quality?
Is there such a thing as bad art?
Why should I look at something that is disturbing?

These questions and others like them were explored in the Cantor Art Center’s 2004 exhibition, Question.  Rather than providing answers or facts about art, the Center presented artwork in the context of questions that museum staff had heard from visitors—and some that the staff had asked themselves. The purpose was to encourage people to engage with art in a whole new way, focusing on the process of inquiry rather than the search for answers.  The result was a lively, colorful exhibition that looked—and even sounded—completely different from anything the Center had done before. Question drew all kinds of responses, some positive, some negative, and some not-so-sure. It was, pardon the pun, unquestionably dynamic, thought-provoking, and intriguing.

As a follow up to Question, The Cantor Arts Center will continue to explore innovative ways to provoke inquiries, spark curiosity, and pique people’s enthusiasm about art.  But you can follow up, too: when you come to the Center, take time to look carefully, think deeply, and, of course, to question. You may be surprised by what you can learn.