A recent act of vandalism at UC San Diego prompted student Teiko Yakobson to wonder about the rest of a significant collection of sculpture and monumental art that dots the campus. What does it mean to have a great art collection if students don’t understand it to be great art? Yakobson’s story considers many of the same issues confronting the art world today: class, diversity, and accessibility. Her article doesn’t presuppose that all art must be complex to be good, nor does it dismiss the virtue of challenging pieces. Instead, like the best art, it starts a conversation.

Art Around Us

The Guardian | Teiko Yakobson | February 17, 2015 | 1,950 words (Eight minutes)