Oh, can I pleeeeeeeeease?
I SO wish Night at the Museum could happen to me. I would love to spend my night talking to historic figures, trying on clothing, learning about new things, and generally losing myself in the art.
If I could be lost in the Smithsonian museums of Washington, D.C., I would love to spend a night cooking in Julia Child’s kitchen. I would totally hop into the planes at Air & Space and become a world-famous aviatrix, scarf flapping behind me in the breeze. I would probably pet all of the extinct animals and skeletons, as if they were alive and living among us. Unless they were chasing me down a hall, stampeding through the museum. (But you can bet I would take a few pictures of that!)
One Smithsonian that I have not been through yet is the National Museum of the American Indian. I would need extra time there, just to read and study, and maybe sketch out patterns and designs that I could translate into a scarf or jewelry of my own.
Last May, I had the opportunity to go through the Holocaust Museum. While I only had two hours (I was with coworkers, waiting to get to the airport to fly back to Denver after a multi-day meeting), I saw enough to know that I did NOT see enough. I need another day there. It was so powerful, especially given today’s political climate. (Incidentally, I wonder if Donald Trump has ever stopped for a few minutes to absorb the truth of the holocaust.) It is full of stories, names and dates that *should* be familiar to us, but are often overlooked in American history books. It is horrifying and heartbreaking, too see how people were treated, just because they were Jewish. I know it still happens every day, but that amount of hate is just so unimaginable to me. It is a subject I think we should discuss. We should learn from these horrible actions of others and watch that we never repeat this episode in world history.
Alas, I believe we ARE bound to repeat it.
Some day, I hope to visit the Louvre and the Vatican Museum in Rome. Not only do I need a few classes in world history (as long as they aren’t taught the way my high school and college history courses were taught), I would love to see the iconic works of art that are known the world over. I want to be more worldly in that sense. I wish I knew more. My brain is rarely satisfied, and this art is one category of knowledge of which I have very little. To be sure, I can name many famous pieces, like many people. However, I don’t know the details, the artists’ intentions and comments about their work. I have trouble putting some of these pieces in context because I can’t remember when and where they were completed.
I think some of this knowledge would lead me to be a more well-rounded citizen of the world, knowing the history that brought us to today.