Art Therapize Yourself

Art Therapize Yourself

We’d like to thank Audible for supporting
PBS. I recently visited an art museum and learned
very little about the art on display… but quite a bit about myself. That’s because I was meeting up with not
a curator or docent or artist, but an art therapist, at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi
Museum of Art at Indiana University Bloomington. The building was designed by architect I.M.
Pei (of Louvre pyramid fame) and recently underwent a $30 million dollar renovation. I wanted to go check out their collection
of over 45,000 objects, visit the new galleries, and also experience an art museum in a completely
new way. Not to read all the labels or think about history, nor to contemplate the many
ways artists have understood the world and manipulated materials. Those are all things
that can and do happen at this place. But not this day. This day was for free association
and introspection, letting the art be the art and me be me, and working with a credentialed
art therapist to see what kinds of connections we might draw between what we see and what
we feel. Are you with me? Let’s start with this artwork. We’re going
to break from tradition and not tell you at first who made it, or when, or why. But we
are going to look at it and ask ourselves objectively: What do we see? I see lots of
shiny little metal objects held together by wire, joined into a kind of quilt-like structure,
which must be affixed to the wall but appears floating there, as if frozen in mid-motion.
To me, it looks delicate and flexible, but also strong. Simultaneously intricate and
stable. If you’re at the Eskenazi Museum and working
with their credentialed art therapist, Lauren Daugherty, she might then me to take it a
step further and consider whether I might find any metaphors in what I’ve described,
or find a way of connecting this object to my life. Perhaps my life, like this artwork,
is delicate and intricate, but stronger and more stable than it looks. Someone else might look at this artwork and
say, it’s held together and on the wall, but it looks like it could fall off at any
second. Maybe that resonates with them and their life, that they’re held together,
but barely. Lauren might first ask, “What holds this object together?” And then transition to asking “What holds you together?” Then
she might show you to the art-making studio where you could create art that relates to
this question in some way. She might ask you to picture what your life would look like
if the thing that was holding you together wasn’t there. Alternatively she might ask them to envision what their life would look like if what is
missing was actually there? If their soul was whole, what would it look like? Lauren’s approaches are variable and depend
heavily on who she’s working with, both in the gallery and in the art studio. With
adults, she might lead with more open ended questions, and tends to give them a wide range
of art supplies to work with. With kids she’ll usually ask more pointed questions and give
them specific materials and a more structured activity in the studio. After talking about the last work, for example,
she might ask a group of young people to weave together found objects that mean something
to them, and figure out a way to make them physically hold together. But the work she
does she describes as “emergent,” meaning she has a plan to get the discussion started,
but lets it take its own course. She responds to what arises, and makes connections
between the things group members are saying. The goal being to reassure participants who
are making the often scary leap between stating what they see and expressing how it relates
to something from their interior lives. By the way, I am a TERRIBLE candidate for
art therapy. Anyone who has studied art can have a really hard time doing this, because
it can be difficult and/or impossible to separate what you know–either about the artists or
the tradition, or about the materials and processes–from your reaction to the art. Like when I look at this work, I’ve got
all of these alarm bells going off about tidbits of information that I know. This is El Anatsui!
He’s from Ghana and works between there and Nigeria! Those pieces of metal are recycled liquor
bottle caps, and he works with teams of people to bend and shape and connect them, transforming
them into usually wall-based sculptures that can be monumentally large! They also change with each installation, endlessly
variable and able to be adjusted and draped in new ways! His early works were variations
of Ghanaian kente cloth, but he has since expanded in many new directions! But in the context of art therapy, my aim
is to connect not with information about the work, but rather with the artwork itself. This is also what makes art therapy really
great for people new to art, who might have an easier time getting over themselves and
what they’re so proud of knowing, and be able to better connect what they’re actually
seeing, and consider how it might relate to aspects of their lives. Art therapy challenges
you to consider what it is that you’re actually responding to–are you just recalling trivia,
or actually letting the art do it’s work? But we can still use those tidbits of information
we know to connect back to our task at hand. Like if I’m already thinking about the communal
nature of this work, perhaps I might associate it with a sense of belonging or community. From there, we might consider what other works
in the gallery might connect with the idea of belonging. Like I also know that this giant
fish sculpture in the middle of the gallery is a coffin, a communal object if ever there
were one, an object made for a community to send someone into the afterlife. If the discussion
went in that direction, Lauren might then ask us to make something in the studio that responds to the question, “What do you envision the afterlife to look like?” The glory of this approach is that you don’t
need to be an expert about anything, and you can have a productive experience even if the
assumptions you make are wrong. The art can be whatever you think it is, and you can go
on a journey based on what it looks like to you. If you thought the El Anatsui work looked
flexible, but strong, what else in the galleries might represent that? Maybe we think this
little alligator dude looks strong. Or these figures exhibit strength. Or maybe we see a mask in the room that we
think looks strong. Perhaps someone else sees a different emotion in the mask, which might
lead to a discussion about the things you do and do not show the world. “What masks do you wear?” Lauren also works with groups of young people
who have been through traumatic experiences. And she finds landscapes to be particularly
useful in sparking discussions among them. Let’s take this painting, for example. You
know how in Mary Poppins she takes the kids into the painting? Well Lauren might ask her group to do the same: “Where do you belong in this painting?” Sometimes darkness can be traumatic for people,
maybe for those who’ve been victims of sexual abuse that happened only in the dark. Considering
where they would be standing, in the lighter areas or in the darker ones, can be a way
to begin a discussion about extremely difficult topics. “What kind of things might happen if you weren’t in a safe place?” Often in their responses they’re
building from past experiences. This painting is titled Flight into Egypt, by the way, which may impact your reading of it. See! I can’t help myself! I’m
terrible at this! But let’s consider where our safe places
might be in another landscape. Perhaps we want to be in this house over here. Or hidden
up in the tree. A kid might joke and say, “I want to be hanging from that limb right
there,” and Lauren might ask, “Does that actually look safe to you. What would happen if you fell?” One might say their mom will give them a hug and a band aid, and another might say their dad’s going
to be mad when they fall and break something and have to go to the hospital where it’s
going to cost money. Another might say they’d want to be away from the shady looking guy
with the stick. Another might think he doesn’t look at all
shady, that he’s stranded. Me? I’d be with the group of people right here, in the
light. They’re on the path. They know where they’re going. But someone else might not
find safety in other people. Maybe they say, “I don’t want people bugging me all the
time.” That all tells Lauren something, and gives her a direction to take her follow
up questions. Back in the art-making studio, Lauren will
ask the group to make what she calls safe place boxes, taking old jewelry boxes and
transforming them by adding drawings, collage elements, small objects, and anything else. She’ll ask, “Who belongs in your safe place?
Who’s allowed in and who isn’t?” When they’re done, they take their boxes with them, and they can serve as a kind of transitional object, like a security blanket, that goes with them
through lives that can be highly volatile and changing. Now you may not have such a program at your
local museum, and you’ll never know until you look into it! But even if you don’t
have access to an art therapist, there are some ways to incorporate approaches from art
therapy into your next art experience. When you find yourself in a gallery or museum,
look at portraits and make up stories about what the people might be saying. Like this
lady right here in pink. Maybe you look at her and think she looks mildly annoyed and
disapproving. She might be saying, “Really? You bore me
with your incompetence.” You might then ask yourself: Who does this remind you of?
If you say your grandmother, maybe you think about what your grandma means to you. Is she
or was she a supportive presence, or a critical one? If she were with you, would that make
you feel safe? You might look at another portrait nearby
and imagine a conversation between the two of them. What would they say if they could
talk to each other? Or if you just want to focus on this one, imagine if this person
were to give you advice. What would it be? More often than not, that advice will be something
you need to hear. Alternatively, you could consider what advice you’d offer the individual
in the painting. Walking into any museum, you could guide your
visit with a larger quest, like to find a symbol of strength. Perhaps you find that
in a portrait, but you might just as well find it in a landscape, or an abstract work,
or even a conceptual one. You might try to find “yourself” in the
galleries. Perhaps it’s just someone who looks sort of like you, or you might think
about a quality you have that you see exhibited in someone or something else. Find something you associate yourself with,
or would like to associate yourself with. That could even be a functional object, There are a lot of difficult topics that art
can help you confront or address, but those are probably not the best ideas to explore
without the guidance of a licensed therapist. Like you probably wouldn’t want to guide
your museum visit with the question, “what are you missing?” unless you had a therapist
with you who could help you explore the dark places but then lead you back to a more positive,
constructive place. If you’re doing this on your own, you could
try to find a work of art that reminds you of home. Or reminds you of your most beloved
family member. You could look for an image or object that
brings you comfort. Like one painting might remind you of a vacation with your family.
Or another might remind you of the tea parties you had when you were a little girl. You might then ask yourself “How did you feel back then. And how does that differ from how you feel now?” If you’re looking at abstract works, you
might try to attach emotion words to them, like joy or anger, elation or confusion. You
might find an expression of happiness in the galleries, or sadness, or something harder
to give words to but that an image might capture even better. But whatever you do, try to end
on a positive note! It’s important to remember that real art
therapy is facilitated by a professional therapist who weighs a lot of concerns, and tailors
their approaches very specifically to who they’re working with and the environment
they’re working in. Whether it’s in a museum, or within a hospital
or shelter or nursing home or veterans organization or school, art therapy can deeply enrich the
lives of a wide range of individuals and support therapeutic treatment
goals. It can be a part of treatment plans for those
with severe medical and mental health problems, but it can also be something that just improves
your life in a smaller way, helping you give voice to your emotions and experiences. Best of all, it’s a way of being with art
that doesn’t ever make you feel stupid! Or self-conscious about what you did or didn’t
learn in school. My art therapy experience has made me question the ways I usually look at art in a really challenging
and exciting way. Most of the time, I’m still going to read labels and give in to
my desire to engage with art intellectually. But other times, maybe I’ll just engage
with what’s in front of my eyes, and dare myself to see how it makes me feel. We’d like to thank Audible for supporting
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Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “Art Therapize Yourself

  1. per sebra says:

    I love this channel, it makes me feel so intelligent and wise….lol!

  2. Tom E says:

    interesting.. and does her "twin sister" have a sexologist type Youtube program?

  3. Ku'uipo Keen says:

    These are all the reasons I want to be an Art Therapist.

  4. Red Potter says:

    I’ve been doing this new thing in art museums where I find the piece in every room that evokes the strongest emotion and then I approach it slowly, looking at it from all distances, or rush to it and then back away. Last time I did this it was with a 12th century wooden head of Jesus that had gotten pretty beat up and at a glance looks like a skull or shrunken head. It really really freaked me out, so that’s why I tried to approach it a foot at a time and figure out why it made me feel that strongly. The cool thing about that piece (and that museum in general) is that there was no information available about the piece. I had to really work to find the information but I did that after I was done initially experiencing.

  5. ashwater skydust says:

    No point trying to make sense of things. You may as well just get on with doing something you like. A question I heard a writer asked in an interview recently was "why do you write" their answer was "to keep from going mad". Why do any of us do anything? You'll find yourself coming back to creation over and over no matter what troubles you are in and no matter what form it takes. It can be as simple as breathing or the most complicated thing possible. For life not to suffer it needs to act. If you are able to avoid fighting yourself, then do it. When you want to act, don't let others tell you how to be.

  6. Simon Boucher says:

    @6:54 what is the painting?

  7. Rebecca Wenson says:

    I had no idea that this kind of therapy was a thing. I'd love to try it someday!

  8. Christopher Miller Fagan says:

    Feel I have heard the second song a lot but not sure what it is.

  9. Noah B.-Wall says:

    Is the extra '0' in 2009 a typo or intentional ? (3.49 )

  10. Shawn Shartley says:

    I wonder if there's sports therapy.

  11. Courtney Hurdle says:

    I recently went to the Chicago Art Institute alone, and accidentally did some art therapy on myself lol. seeing a giant canvas painted completely black, focusing on the brush strokes, and seeing that as a metaphor for the small experiences that make up my life really made me feel more grounded than I have in months.

  12. suffering sappho says:

    "Jessica, only child, Illinois, Chicago"

  13. albert speer says:

    Beautiful video!

  14. L Ol says:

    I can’t wait to go to our local museum now !!! Thank you💥😆

  15. Art Robot - Productions says:


  16. Nathniel O'Leary says:

    This is why I love this channel. Being open to new ways of thinking and challenging perspectives.

  17. Nathniel O'Leary says:

    This is why I love this channel. Being open to new ways of thinking and challenging perspectives.

  18. Nathniel O'Leary says:

    This is why I love this channel. Being open to new ways of thinking and challenging perspectives.

  19. kim kimson says:

    this is really interesting

  20. Nathniel O'Leary says:

    This is why I love this channel. Being open to new ways of thinking and challenging perspectives.

  21. pls argue with me says:

    This is why I don't do art therapy…. I get to easily triggered by the information in the art and how the many different elements mean something, not to me, but in the context of someone who studies art. It's the same with film, instead of trying to find myself in the movie I always notice the little tidbits of lighting and the framing and even small hints in the music or the lack thereof. I find this very disturbing and sometimes i just hope to forget the info. But i cant help it, i love learning behind things

  22. Ray Sangma says:

    This striked a chord with me. I'm going through a confusing, stressful time in my life and my relationship with people close to me. My favourite musician's recent work made me think about how these things in my life are bringing me down, making me lose my passion for the things I loved and slowly suffocating me. It also reminded me of my past traumas and fears, things I still need to learn how to cope with. I'm not sure if such a programme exists here, but I'll be immersing myself in art more frequently and try to find myself through it.

  23. Leopard-King says:

    It took me some time to properly identify the problem I had with the opening display. It stems from a creator not knowing his address. Most of our ideas of artistry are bound up in the ambition to push the medium. It's the this or that umbrage fandom has with the food, dance, and music. We don't want the certain boundaries transgressed by mischievous radicals. However it is more than being a purist, a dominate gene that permeates my perceptual DNA. There is something that I like to call "The dark side of the moon," artistically speaking. No one can deny the creative power of fusion and anomaly, but what of the other end. John "Cougar" Mellencamp had a phase in his musical career when he felt the need to strip down the excessive musical accompaniment. He wanted to know who he was beyond a traveling orchestra. Then you have those like Jack White who will even handicap himself, if you can believe that, to heighten his perfomance through struggle. Guitars are slightly out of tune, pianos placed slightly in reach. A card is a folded piece of paper with a sentiment penned or typed thereon. How much can a person do with a card if he handcuffs himself to those exact parameters. No musical cards, radios do that service and better. No pop out cards, oragami sits in that chair. No philosophical ejection button either; no asking, "What is a card really?" There comes a time in an artist's life where he must retreat into the medium and not try to escape it. Are you working on a flat canvas? Yes? Then don't tease sculpture. Get as flat as you can!

  24. kujmous says:

    And you may ask yourself
    How do I work this?
    And you may ask yourself
    Where is that large automobile?
    And you may tell yourself
    This is not my beautiful house!
    And you may tell yourself
    This is not my beautiful wife!

  25. Billie Posters says:

    so my problem is it looks like a doctors clinic I do not want to go to… so sterile and white and in the style of a medical facility.. which is triggering for me and probably a lot of people who seek therapy. Also, why did the pans of the materials of the "art making" part of the therapy reduce it to looking like it exists in the purchases from an arts and crafts supply store… and the whole thing feels like therapy but with an art twist not art therapy. It's not really how I've experience art therapy before but Im in Australia and this is in a gallery setting so.

  26. Miche Runnett says:


  27. A CG says:

    Wow. IU flashback. Thanks Sarah 🙂

  28. Albin Ternland Larsson says:

    I have had these kinds of experiences solo and it is quite revealing of ones self

  29. Salim Douba says:

    Not impressed that sweatshop Amazon sponsored the episode. Disappointing!

  30. Marina Rybackova says:

    Well that’s exactly the matter of Them Art Guide to Yourself’ book on art therapy in museums !

  31. Jay †hə Pocket says:

    As an artist, I've ALWAYS found "Art" to be relative and metaphorical, regardless of whom created it or the medium of conveyance. This is why I dropped out of art school, like you implied it is hard to be "self-untaught," so to speak. It is for both of these reasons, however, I applaud your video for the listeners and viewers of all the art on the present and future landscapes of this planet. While we may not be "informed" of the power of artistic expression, we are ALL ubiquitously "included" in the prose, the lyrics, the tones, the brush strokes, chisel marks, polish, and ink… We ALL are embedded in the Art that resonates within us by the transitive, symbiotic exchange of expression given for attention taken. So, bravo! And, encore! And allegory, and emancipation, and healing to the world through Art as a whole!

  32. Layila Faon says:

    Creating an own art is the best thing for health- I am living with paranoia schizophrenia about 14 years now – and my art fills my life with so much joy and sense – I don’t need more to be and stay happy ❤️

  33. Artsy Morti says:

    My goals –

    Hit 100 on YouTube
    Entertain and show tutorials for viewers and fans

    -that’s my goal for this year and I’m gonna grind for that!

  34. RainbowSprnklz says:

    This is some good friggin content right here. I like to draw and paint for fun and I like the idea of making art that helps me process my feelings. I love the idea of actually asking clear questions about what my life might look like with X to steer the art instead working from a more vague emotional state.

  35. RainbowSprnklz says:

    This is kind of a weird topic for a video, but here goes. So I have ADHD and as much as I like the idea of going to art museum and maybe having it being a meditative and thoughtful experience, but that requires so much focus on something I’m not PHYSICALLY doing or accomplishing. There’s no goal or task I suppose and that makes it hard for me to focus on all of the questions you presented in the video.

    Do you have any ideas that might help someone like me? (I’m sure I can come up with some ideas and you’ve presented some ideas in the past, but perhaps it’s a good video idea.)

  36. wanderback says:

    Wasn't that first piece at Newfields as well?

  37. Hoki says:

    Lovely. Thank you.

  38. Spotted Bullet says:

    I've notice when I'm extremely stressed or upset, I paint more and with an urgency. Fascinating. I don't have a Museum near me at all, except on my walls and we all know artists have difficulty looking at their own works. I should've done that better, or that doesn't have enough contrast. Even the local Library doesn't have one single art book, not one, I checked. They told me people aren't interested…

  39. LuckyLifeguard says:

    very wonderful and thoughtful exploration of art therapy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you aa team!!!!!

  40. Vasiliki D says:

    Something is wrong with the audio !!! Pls fix it

  41. Jessica Wang says:

    this is the combination of the worst of art and the worst of therapy

  42. Luc Le M says:

    hehe that's just how I use tarot, to generate a random image each time so that the querent can see things about themself in it uwu

  43. DesertPortal says:

    Thanks for this video essay ! For me art is that kind of language that communicates behind the mind and the mind's conditioning and habits. Art lies in that boundless space where we are all intimately and wordlessly connected and yet where no wordy understanding or communication is possible without. For me, art, if good, is pre-concept and pre-reason. I dissolve in the presence of good art and I become the thing itself as I realize that I've always been the thing itself. This is not theory, it is direct experience. I'm sure I need "art therapy" but deeply prefer this direct experience instead!

  44. kshiftkometh says:

    narcissistic projection, not actual therapy

  45. ChickenxBoneless says:

    Art was always my personal therapy since I was little. It was how I said things without words. I think I need to revisit that in my current work. I kind of forgot what art meant to me.

  46. MJE says:

    You have delicious, elegant lips.

  47. Cullen Logan says:

    Thank you

  48. Mark's Vlog says:

    Can you make video about jean basquiat and digital illustration

  49. revise hellenologophobic says:

    This reminded me of The kiss and African wax fabrics prints, so when you said the artist is from Ghana I gave myself a small pat on the back. Can anyone think of a question from "The kiss and African prints"? Think it might be too much of a literal interpretation for this. 🙂

  50. Lilla Gombos says:

    I am in love with you so much 🙁

  51. scorpioninpink says:

    Those three campbell soup cans in your backgroud distracts me.

  52. Lalas181 says:

    On the "what piece of art reminds you of home?" thing, I'm going to have to go with The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali. When I was about 10-11 my family made a pit-stop in St. Petersburg, Florida while we were travelling to Disney World so that I could go to the Salvador Dali museum. My Mom bought a big, sturdy shoulder-bag from the gift shop there that had The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory on the side of it. To this day it's the bag she uses to carry things when we go to a theater or a museum or something, which are spaces where I tend to feel the most safe. I'll never be able to not associate that painting with the feeling of home.

  53. SoftJay says:

    Thank you for this. I've always tended to view art intellectually because I was educated in it too, but recently I visited MOCA and went with the goal of letting the works affect me emotionally and going from there. It's an entirely new experience and I can't wait to go back and experience it more.

  54. Марк Очиров says:

    I love this new format

  55. jukestaposition says:

    It’s hard to connect with art when museums are majority white centric.

  56. Vodovoz Music Productions says:

    So funny

  57. TheGFeather says:

    I was thinking the other day about how to take the ideas of sacred reading (as wonderfully demonstrated in HP and the Sacred Text) and apply them to other forms of creativity like art and music. Regardless of the approach, I think it's the looking closely that matters and the ways in which that close observation directs thinking and conversation. I would love to walk a gallery with someone to nudge at my thinking and discuss the ideas that bubble up. For me, viewing art is usually a solo activity and the directed questions remind me a bit of Havruta. I really need to find an art discussion companion.

  58. Lautaro Ortiz says:

    Pretty much described my acid trip at the contemporary art museum

  59. Lautaro Ortiz says:

    3:47 made in 20009

  60. Raphael Vasconcellos says:

    I was wondering if I should do an art therapy I'm sure I will. This is the healing experience I want to offer to people.

  61. Mary Beth Garrett says:

    Thank you for this video! I didn't know I needed it. In art school, I got into the habit of treating viewing art in museums as a test of my knowledge or as an opportunity to get inspiration for my own work. Neither of which are bad things, but it's led to me feeling ashamed if I don't know as much as I thought I did about an artist or a piece. This feeling is heightened when I'm with other people and feel pressure to make intelligent comments. So my mindset has sort of sucked a lot of the fun out of my art viewing experiences. This video gave me new ideas for how to truly interact with art objects themselves, and I'm so excited for my next museum visit.

  62. Ming Wu says:

    Art therapy = memes

  63. Bethanie Petitpas says:

    That first El Anatsui looked like someone trying to turn a Klimt painting into a statue.

  64. Bethanie Petitpas says:

    I imagine conversations between paintings all the time.

  65. Dalton Fitzgerald says:

    Like, the first thing I thought when I saw the first piece was, “It looks like something seething beneath the surface, roiling and writhing and desperately trying to free itself and push through.”

    …what? I’m fine. Everything’s fine. It’s fine. I’m fine. 😂

  66. Pumpkin Boy Vulpus Vulpus says:

    1:06 That honestly that looks like an animals pelt, the colored regions look like a rendition of flags from differing counties, the bottom right of it however looks like digital pixelation or as if you're looking at a map, the silver portions give it a robotic vibe.

    the yellow trimming gave a sense of caution or a road block.

  67. b says:

    YAY for art therapy! AT is truly magic

  68. Jose Enrique Lopez says:

    This is heartwarming. I'm now less intimidated to engage with art with my whole body-sense and not just my mind.

  69. Eddie Villanueva says:

    Is that your own collection of art books?

  70. Exist64 says:

    Man, the knowledge and entertainment conveyed on this channel are better than that on PBS Space time. And there are few things that interest me more than astronomy

  71. Percy S/ash says:

    art can cure any form of depression, art is a healer. with art we can defeat the enemy.

  72. kleerude says:

    I went on an art museum tour once, not with an art therapist, but with an educator who was trained to talk about art with children. There was this really wonderful moment when we were looking at a Wayne Thiebaud painting of a field. The guide asked us to close our eyes and imagine what the painting would sound like if we were inside it, then on the count of three, asked everyone to make the sound they thought they would hear. The gallery was filled with this unearthly buzzing, humming noise as we all made our sounds at the same time. It was magical.

    Ever since then, I try to find new ways to look at art when I’m in a museum instead of just learning about a piece’s history. This gave me a lot of ideas!

  73. Mehrdad Mohajer says:

    Hi everyone. I´d like to make a point. By reading about an Artist and seeing his works in a book, i had some idea what is gonna expect me if i visit a museum showing his work. Wrong!!?….. It was great…the colore, the size of painting , his unique style combining and putting different colores together , and shadows/ lights. So what i´m sayig is this : Art has much more to offer , but one of the main reason is : it makes you to move , in my case , go to a museum and finally to be as close as possible to the world of painter and painter self indeed : " to be conected and ready for conversation😊

  74. huleboermannhule44 says:

    While art in museums lets us explore many of these things about our selves, I think most people to some extent already do that in other types of art or media. People feel a belonging to the different houses in HArry Potter because they resonate in some way with them and I don't find the art therapy talk to be much more nobler. But it more tells us the value of sharing our experiences with the art we experience in our lives with other, and talking about how it resonates with our selves.

  75. The Art Assignment says:

    Several of you have noticed that there is a typo in this video at 3:48. The untitled work by El Anatsui that is our primary focus was created in the year 2009. It was a great year, 2009–for me at least–and a fine year for this artwork to have been made. What will the world be like in 20009? We do not know. But we know that this artwork will not have been newly created in that year. Thanks for your understanding.

  76. Matt St. Marie says:

    706: what if they aren't jokeing and feel there is no "safe place".

  77. Lupus Rex 25 says:

    I'm really insterested and fascinated by the ability of humans to submerge themselves in a world of our imagnation and expression by having discussions and analizing works of art.It's so amazing that it can offer help and discovery(sometimes self-discovery).In conclusion,art is the best!✨💖🤩

  78. WAZ videos says:

    I've been doing the "asking paintings for advice" thing unconsciously for some time, I like to think it's similar to what temple-goers use(d) to feel and do. I'd encourage people to let themselves see art as something that's there "for them" more often, as opposed to something that they have to do work for.

  79. Florian Donier says:

    Thank you so much! My girlfriend and i we are artherapists in Germany. It's great to see that arttherapi had made its way in to the museum in USA. Unfortunately in Germany it's not that common.

  80. Aux 4 coins des Arts says:

    Such a interesting way to approach Art. Really interesting video.

  81. Mark Olson says:

    Really cool. How we feel or what we think about anyone or anything else really reveals more about us than it does about that someone or something. Including a work of art. I don't think there's a right or wrong way to look at or think about art, but given that "we see things not as they are, but as we are", art is great for self-reflecting upon, like a mirror. And I for one think the world would be a better place if we were all a bit more honest with ourselves about ourselves. After all, we can't see anything from anyone else's point of view without also seeing ourselves from their point of view… whether we'd like what we see from it or not.

  82. Naomi Kawamura says:

    Terrific channel! Would you ever make a video about dance artists and choreographers? …I'd love to see one:)

  83. Lindi Smith says:

    Shes asking so many questions about safety… is she safe?

  84. maria alejandra cardozo says:

    Me encantó esta forma de ver el arte. Loved to see this approach and different way to understand art.

  85. Howard Wiggins says:

    See, folks, this is the real reason Trump won the 2016 election. Rich college-educated elitists get private psychotherapy in an art museum. The rest of us struggle to pay our monthly mortgage payments and still have money left for the laundromat.

    Our worlds are so far apart that you folks seem like cold, aggressive overlords.

  86. Nayara Aguiar says:

    I almost feel guilty of getting these videos for free.

  87. Марк Очиров says:

    I've always done it this way. I didn't even think I needed to do it any other way

  88. Amy Soden says:

    I feel like John therapizes art a bit. I kept thinking back to the most recent Anthropocene reviewed while watching this.

  89. b says:

    the one point I disagree with is that a coffin is a symbol of community. Not only do I disagree, I found it an utterly bizzare response. A coffin is the furthest thing from community; it's meant to hold a single body for eternity; it provides a boundary/barrier/enclosure to separate one from every other living thing.

  90. Tom Burns says:

    I don't know much about art or therapy, but this is a good idea. Some of the questions you asked seem like good conversation starters to ask a friend you go to the gallery together with (I never know what to do in those places).

  91. gwillad says:

    I'm extremely curious as to how art assignment videos get made – from conception to research to writing to filming. who all is involved and what do they do?

  92. Lynwood 82 says:

    I maintain and restores outdoor sculptures for private collectors and for some city's . About 2 years ago I began hanging art as well , I've learned so much from this channel and it has helped me tremendously . A big hello and thank you from Palm Springs California

  93. Shiloh Beazel says:

    "maybe this little aligator dude looks strong"

  94. Rosie Maharjan says:

    that's my school! I did not expect that! go IU!

  95. Ben Thayer says:

    Has anyone ever told you that your voice sounds just like Laura Dern's?

  96. Rodney Kincaid says:

    I think you are wonderful come and do a story in ROme Italy we have a lot going on ROddy (Rodney) Kincaid

  97. [][] says:

    I do all of this naturally; ever so spoiled is it when it is ever so contrived

  98. Saint Martins says:

    I have a phobia for therapists. I think it's because if you split the word in half you get "the rapist"

  99. Geon Quuin says:

    Oh man, that postmodernism hat in the corner is such a great homage to that other PBS channel that I completely forgot the name of

  100. ELLA says:

    you remind me of diane from bojack

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