I have been thinking about an essay I just read by Ute Meta Bauer.(quote here) I just came from giving a lecture on contemporary art to freshmen, and honestly they don’t get it. Here in rural America they have almost no exposure to contemporary art, and they are so far outside of the “art world” it seems meaningless to them. They just want to be makers. They don’t read theory, they don’t go to museums. I kind of like that in them. The outside-ness. I wonder if they will be able to hang on to that through the rest of their academic “training”. Can they bring a fresh perspective, hang on to their naivete?

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