What Is Art?

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of America’s best art museums.  It may not be the best but it normally makes any top 25 list and often the top 10 for most list makers.  Today is first Sunday, and for the PMA that means admission is whatever you want to pay.  People like that and stream in.

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As you approach the museum from the east, one see the tall set of wide stairs that Rocky made famous.  The Museum’s regal appearance conditions the visitor to expect great art inside.  But many visitors never get inside because their destiny is near the Museum, not in the Museum.  These visitors want to see the Rocky statue and as importantly, have their picture taken beneath Rocky’s outstretched arms.

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Critics claim the statue is “movie quality”, never intended as a piece of art.  It makes no difference it seems.  Visitors are curious and anyone with a camera wants a picture, preferably in front of Rocky.  Add in soft pretzels and a T-shirt, it doesn’t get better.

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