We have always believed that art canimitates life. A painter uses a canvasto paint what they see, a sculptor with stone and a writer with books. Art always shows what people are goingthrough no matter if it is bad or good. Regardless of the culture you are from there is beauty in art.
There were movements in every culture thathelped create America and to work to where we are today. We need art to shape our minds and hearts andalso question everything around us including ourselves. Cultural diversity has and always will be abig part of the art society bringing together all kinds of people includingwomen and African Americans and their different ways of art. Art has always reflected our society andit is a tool that is used to show our emotions and feelings towards thingswithout using words. As one has said artistsdon’t create society they reflect it. Tounderstand this concept, we can go way back to prehistoric paintings such as incaves. The ancient Greeks and Romans areno longer around but their works of art are that they left behind. This was the only way people back then had toshow their way of life and how things were done.
Also, that is the only way we can understandhow they did things back in their time as well. You should never underestimate the power that an image may have, therehave been many leaders in the past that use images for a political tool. Alexander the Great is a great example ofthis, he used his face to put on the coins that flooded his empire. Leaders today all over the world use the sametechnique that we humans do not even notice starting with the screen on yourcomputer to the faces on our money. TheFeminist Art movement is what embraced the diverse media and the method oftransforming the art world. Giving womenmore opportunity in school and a chance to experiment with performing art. Could you imagine having an imagelessworld? It would be very boring and notmany things would make a whole lot of sense.
Art is used in so many ways to create our everyday life in societystarting with the simple stop sign we all see on our way to work. In the 1960’s the Black Arts Movement and TheChicano art Movement were two very well-known movements that used art to worktowards social justice. This period hadcreated an increase in black poetry and music. Murals were used in a form of visual art to show and work towards politicalgoal and challenging stereotypes. Somethink the value of art is beyond the images the value is deep history in howart contributed to and affected their society when they were created. All types of art reveal what has happened insociety and the value the art has had on those issues.
Story telling is something that plays a hugerole in our lives starting from child and continuing as an adult. This is another way that Art has helped shapedthe world and will continue to do so for years. A holiday Day of the Dead is a good exampleof this when people celebrate the death of those they loved and it all startedfrom human’s skulls being decorated as portraits. Cultural diversity has always been a bigthing in the world and an important factor. The old saying about America being the “melting pot” has worked in theminds of many for quite some time as it is still the only the solution to ourcondition and brings out the concept of the American Dream. Art came around the middle of the 20thcentury and was important not only for the reason of it being the end of theWorld War II but also the shift from Europe to America.
Inherited by New York from Paris was modernart and Abstract Expressionists. A movementwas unformed art which was a reaction to the predominant style of abstractpainting. They ignored traditional waysof painting to bring out the expression of art freedom with experimentaltechnique and diverse media.
At the turnof the century women were also able to gain mobility and educationalopportunities. Schools were exceptingthem for the first time and they were able to paint in public places and theyplayed roles in the expansion of sculpting and photography. The Feminist Art Movement in the 1970’sbrought diverse media and the method to transform the status of art in theworld. Women were also given the opportunityto experience with performing art and conceptual art. In my opinion life without art would bevery boring and not too much would make sense. We use lots of color and signs in our everyday lives starting from thetime we wake up to the time we go to bed at night.
Starting way back before our time peoplewould use drawing to show others what needed to be done and how things workedfor them. Still to this day people useart to express themselves and give other people something to look at and manytimes to make up their own mind about what they see. It has changed the way of life for many ofyears giving people more opportunity and bringing people together as one. I do believe those that have their headsstuck on one way and that is the only way have a very hard time seeing art andits true meaning. Taking the time tounderstand something is not easy for many people but things make so much moresense when you look at the big picture and all of the potential. Art will continue to change society fordecades to come and I hope they come up with a way to get more people to stopand look for the meaning of it instead of walking right passed it and thinkingthere is only their way of things. Artist reflect society and itssurroundings some bring joy and some not as much. Many of us do not even realize how much art isused in our everyday life starting with what you watch on tv and the things youread in magazines.
It is all there to getyour attention and make up your mind about many things. There have been many art movements throughouttime that have changed the lives of all of us, especially women and AfricanAmericans. Without them taking that stepour lives could be completely different than what they are now. Cultural diversity is what brings art andpeople together and helps with making the changes.
All different cultures come together tocreate something beautiful. If we onlyhad one way of things I do believe the world would be very boring. Art has always been a big part of life andsociety for many years and it will continue to do so as well and hopefullybring people together more so than we are now.
Art gives people something to look at and make an opinion of it.