Think back about …

Art and Art Museums

Some of us are artists, and some are not, but we have all enjoyed art in one form or another in our lives. Think back … have you created art when you were a child or later as an adult? If so, what medium was or is your favorite? If you have just enjoyed art as a spectator, was it in museums, galleries, or some other place? Do you collect art yourself? Share your art and art museums stories forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

Featured Story

Days at the MFA
Before David had to devote his Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to Hebrew School, the Boston MFA offered a free art program [...]

Readers’ Choice

Starry, Starry Night
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Instead of "thinking back" to my youth, here is a potpourri of some of my favorite museums visited in the last dozen years.
An art exhibition during a pandemic
I was missing those illustrated elevator rides. I was regretting that we wouldn’t be able to go to lunch together after the [...]
The Things We Carried
Little Rock, Arkansas is the home of Central High, the Clinton Library—and the only dedicated purse museum in the United [...]
Vincent
At 53, if someone had asked me who Vincent Van Gogh was, I’d have said, “he’s the guy who cut off his ear.” Shortly after my [...]
Chagall’s Cows
When our son was a toddler many friends began fleeing Manhattan.  They couldn’t imagine raising a child amid all the dirt and [...]
Stendhal Syndrome at the National Portrait Gallery
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I hadn't heard of this syndrome before it happened to me. At first I was surprised, but then later understood why it happened [...]
Art at Harvard?
  I always thought I had a knack for drawing.  Someone encouraged this when I was twelve, a year when my family was [...]
Artist’s Statement
A museumgoer and an artist, I think a lot about the symbiosis between looker and maker.
The Sunday Painter
My father instilled an appreciation for art in me, filtered through his lens of what constituted good art.
Dedicated Art Lover
Since a young child, visiting art museums has always brought me to a place of peace and beauty. I, myself, can’t make [...]
An Afternoon With Mrs. Jack
I took a course on Northern Renaissance painting with Professor Ludovico Borgo in my last semester at Brandeis. For our final [...]
Pictures Not At An Exhibition
Having been an anthropology major (in the bowels of the Peabody Museum in Cambridge) and then  -- formerly -- married to the [...]
In the Abstract
In the early years of the 20th century a handful of European artists including the Russians Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimar [...]
Art Lessons
Only now does the sheer phallic audacity of that picture make me chuckle.
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New Stories on Old Prompts

A Single Track Mind
A switch clicked in my brain. I have no idea why. I looked at Gina and said “I need to do that.”
Prompted By Finding Your Tribe
January 18, 2021

Past Stories You May Have Missed

Too Much Wine With Peter, Paul, and Mary
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In the summer of 1981, I went to the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland to hear Peter, Paul, and Mary. They had [...]
July 13, 2017
You’ve Got A Friend
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When I was little — practically from birth — I had a best friend named Bette. Her parents were good friends with [...]
Prompted By Friendship
May 2, 2017

Think back about …

Art and Art Museums

Some of us are artists, and some are not, but we have all enjoyed art in one form or another in our lives. Think back … have you created art when you were a child or later as an adult? If so, what medium was or is your favorite? If you have just enjoyed art as a spectator, was it in museums, galleries, or some other place? Do you collect art yourself? Share your art and art museums stories forward.

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