Martin Luther King, Jr. 01.17.11
The art world is often known for a lack of sincerity. This is not entirely true, but it is also not untrue. An embracing of sarcasm and irony not only in the art world, but in popular culture, have managed to distance individuals from each other. Ideology in art is hidden behind hipness and style or abandoned for fear of being criticized; expressions of love are couched in hackneyed phrases quoted form movies; protest is set aside because no one wants to be caught being sincere; dogma overrules dialog because it is more easily quoted and requires less self-examination.
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let us remember what it is like to believe, hope, and be sincere—to stand up for something because it is a personal truth and not dogma; to disagree and agree, not because others do, but because we have pondered and wrestled with the issues; to have open dialogs rather than closed monologues; and to love our fellow men (and women) even if we disagree with them.