Silver Lining

Here we are in a new year. I don’t know about you, but I never thought we would still be in the throes of the COVID19 pandemic with all its catastrophic ramifications nor that there would be the level of political dissonance and unrest that we’re currently experiencing in the United States. 

I also never thought that opportunities to see art in person would be so limited for so long. Although it’s not a life-or-death issue, this is a biggie for some of us. Naturally, we find ways to compensate, like viewing reproductions or scheduling an appointment to see an occasional art exhibit. We can watch great art films and videos of dance performances and create art ourselves. But still…

Yesterday, my friend and co-writer of my upcoming book, The Magic of Modern Art: How to Love It, sent me a heartening article called, The Year in Cheer, 112 Bits of Good News That Kept Us Sane in 2020. (If you’d like to read it, you can find it here:

Not only did the article remind me that great things are happening along with all the tough stuff, but it also got me thinking about the silver linings (or gifts, if you prefer) that have come about as a direct result of the difficulties themselves. 

What is a gift related to Modern Art? The one that comes to mind arises from the realization that, in the past, I took for granted that I could see Modern Art in museums and galleries any time. My complacency was such that I have, from time to time, gone months without going out and seeing it. Of course, when I’d finally go, I’d be so delighted and enlivened by the experience that I’d shake my head in bewilderment. I’d wonder what the heck I was thinking. 

Now I have gained a whole new appreciation for the gift it is to be able to see Modern Art in person. I am now making the promise that, whenever possible, I will go to every Modern Art exhibit available where I live from now on. I will also continue to see all the Modern Art available wherever I travel. 

If my promise inspires you, feel free to steal it! I invite you to join me by making a similar promise to yourself.

p.s. A bonus! Click on the link below to see a very timely outdoor installation showing in my hometown.

Jim Hodges: With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress)

If my promise inspires you, feel free to steal it! I invite you to join me by making a similar promise to yourself.