Photo Credit: Jennie
No two persons looking at the same painting,
sculpture, or drawing are having the same experience
you nor I may be judging the quality of the work in
any commercial sense; we are bringing our own experience
to bear, and that is not only inevitable but part
of the process of experiencing art.
Michael Findlay, The Value of Art, quoted
in How to Buy, Sell, Enjoy & Have an Aha
Moment, ARTnews by Milton Esterow, 2012.
Seidman Cancer Center and Art
Theres nothing routine about a stem cell transplant. When
my brother-in-law David experienced complications, John and
I began traveling to the Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland,
Ohio. Since the focus of this blog is the arts, why has this
become a subject for writing? For one thing, writers never experience
anything without recognizing the possibilities it presents.
The first time we walked across the street from the hotel into
the hospital, I screeched to a halt in front of Joan Mirós
1969 etching La Calebasse (The Gourd). At first, I thought
it was a reproduction (not that theres anything wrong
with that). I noticed an art museum style wall label next to
it, which is not usually done with reproductions. The piece
that captured my attention was an original etching with
aquatint and carborundum what that means to most of us
is a richly-colored, gorgeous piece of art. If this was in the
corridor leading to the lobby, I wondered, what other treasures
The answer was: quite a few. There were watercolors, acrylics,
photographic prints, collages, as well as free-standing and
wall sculptures everywhere. In fact, the Seidman Cancer Centers
website has a page devoted to its art collection and their mission
statement is clear:
For everyone who spends time at University Hospitals Seidman
Cancer Center patients, visitors, caregivers and employees
the 325-piece art collection is designed to uplift, comfort
and calm; to provoke thought and curiosity; to encourage reflection;
to delight in the moment and to provide confidence and hope.
A message from this visitor: Mission accomplished!