It’s the year 2113. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2013. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?
As difficult as it is to believe what you are about to see today was considered art a hundred years ago. You will note a proliferation in base instincts that powered the engine to bring about a downward spiral of human dignity, compassion, and sensitivities rather intrinsic morality brought about by beauty, grace, and talent.
Rather than pleasing the senses artists who prospered were those who were shocking, vulgar, and degenerate. That is not to say there were those who held art to a high standard, but they were not regarded by the public, because for the most part art was controlled by commercial entities and concerns.
In the past art uplifted a culture. It began with moral virtue, beauty, and appreciation. You will note that artists of this period began thinking from the waste down rather than the neck up.
It was a time when art was driven by celebrity and personality rather than actual talent. People were said to be intelligent and talented for no other reason than having bad behavior and doing so to the extent that it was glorified not so much by the public, but the media who were the real profiteers.
You will note music had become more visual. Lyrics were mind-numbing and vulgar. It lacked poetic or rhythmic context of thought and expression. Great voices were replaced by performers willing to display previously hidden parts of the anatomy like back-street strippers.
One hundred year old books were banned in some libraries because of what only a few considered derogatory terms and replaced with books containing words most commonly seen scrawled on restroom stalls. Little attention was given to good story telling and consequences of bad behavior. Those things were celebrated and glorified.
Even though this section of the museum has more extensive contributions than other sections it continues to be the least visited.
Enjoy your visit!