What would you fight for? What would you risk your life to save, and possibly die, to protect?
Dr. Michael Tansey, Executive Fellows/Economics Professor at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, asks his students “What do you value?” This is a hard question to answer, so he rephrases it: “What would you fight for…?” The answers he gets are constant from year to year. People answer “I’d fight to protect my family. My country. My faith.” And he has begun hearing another answer more often: “For my ancestry.” These things are our core values, what we hold to be most important. He notes that no one ever says “My money” or “my possessions”, regardless of their financial worth.
“My family.” “My faith.” “My country.” “My freedom.” “The rights of others.” “My ancestry.”
These things are our core values.
Artists express these values and celebrate them. This exhibit features some of the art in our collection that reflects the values that we share.
Through the year 2013, we’ve used the art exhibits in the gallery to explore the concept of value. We started the year with items shared by our community, the things that were most special to the people who owned them. Next, we looked at where artists get their ideas. Many times, the same connections inspired art as made us want to keep something: memories, connections, stories. Then we took a closer look at how artists use materials to express meaning, how different materials and structures convey ideas. After that, we looked at how artists simplify ideas, abstracting them and refining them. We end the year with those abstract ideas that mean the most to all of us, our core values.
2013 was the year of Art and the Community. We began our exhibit season with “MVP: Most Valued Possessions”, where we asked people in our community to share the things that were most precious to them: not what was worth the most money, but what they’d miss most if it were gone. Many of those objects reflected people’s values. Their connections to the objects were from family memories, accomplishments, and associations with loved ones. In many of our other exhibits, we explored aspects of the community and how art reflects and supports it.
Art, Ethics, and Leadership
Saturday | January 11 | Marvin Auditorium | 2–3 PM
Artists can legitimize a leader by techniques, tricks, and symbols to add value to the leader’s message. Dr. Michael Tansey explains how through art, artists convey ideas, connect with tradition, and convince people which leader is worth following.
Dr. Michael Tansey is Executive Fellows/Economics Professor at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. IMAGE: Courtesy of http://cte.rockhurst.edu.