I’ve been doing some virtual museum visits. One of the things I miss during this pandemic is finding the solace in staring at great works of art. As I’ve “strolled” through the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery, MOMA, and the Met, I’ve been wondering how these masterpieces might be interpreted in today’s environment. Lots of these were inspired by wars, depressions, and other life altering events. These take on a new and possibly different relevance today.
American Gothic – Grant Wood
I lost my job. I haven’t worked in weeks. We’re stuck together sheltering in place. Neither one of us is happy.
I lost my job today and I don’t know how I can go home and face my family. I’ve been sitting in this café since noon.
The Card Players – Paul Cezanne
None of us has any work. We sit, smoke, play cards and pray for the time to pass.
Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – George Seurat
The theatres are closed, the restaurants are closed, our jobs are closed. All we can do is take another walk in the park. Seems like every day is Sunday.
Crying Girl – Roy Lichtenstein
I can’t believe I got Riffed.
The Gleaners – Jean Francois Millet
I’ve got an MBA and I’m doing this?!?
Woman Writing a Letter – Ter Borch
I’m never going to finish this resume. Do I need a cover letter?
No explanation necessary.