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October 16th, 1992 – by: poorogies
from Fahrenheit 451-Ray Bradbury
I first entered the cool marbled entrance of the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1992 as a Jr. High student. At that moment I was aware that the solidarity of this building would stay with me my entire life even if I had turned on my heel and left it forever...
I was, what I consider, a typical moody youth then and haven't really outgrown it in the latter sixteen years; I mostly try to work around it. I've never really been much of a researcher, either, so I didn't know what to expect on this visit other than some pretty pictures and names I had no hope of pronouncing.
The first corridor to greet me was the armory. The beautiful polished metal that protected some unknown knight stood sentinel with its brothers along both walls. Fascinating? Yes. Life altering...well not for me. We continued on our brief visit through the hallways of lavish canvases, ornate tapestries and statues so real they are likely to breathe on their own. I admired the Dutch Rembrandts and van Goghs, the French Bouguereaus and Manets and the Spanish Velazquezes and Picassos. I found a new fascination for Americana art and the craftsmanship of teapots.
Along with my irrational emotions I was born with an exaggerated fear of injustice. I trust people, all people, to do the right thing when it comes down to it. I am naive and will continue this way until I'm convinced otherwise. It's a happy existence that I choose. Despair is enough to stun me for weeks. And I was not prepared for the loss of hope I encountered as I passed through that doorway.
It began with the singularity and loneliness I felt as I realized I was the only one crying. My fingertips numbed and my saliva glands went into overtime as I gulped in the air. Every sense was working against me trying to push the onslaught of information out of my body.
I thought about other things. I was looking at the wall, but I had removed myself from that room to a place where progression, true progression of the good could possibly take place.
When an artist touches you with such ferocity you cannot escape it, you take it in and it becomes a part of you to guide your decisions, occupations, interactions....
This melange of plaster and pigment made me realize the power of art and ideas. Art would henceforth be my First Love.
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