I have something embarrassing to share. Growing up, I missed huge swaths of pop culture. Things like popular music weren’t important in my family. That’s not the embarrassing part. That sort of thing happens. However, I didn’t learn about Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody until I was 25 years old. Seriously, how did I miss this for more than two decades?
Here’s the story of how I got initiated. I was packed in a car full of my friends. We were on our way to a wedding reception. The ride is full of the usual joyful chatter only a group of close friends can make. Suddenly, and very dramatically the conversation drops. My first thought that something bad happened in traffic and I missed it. That wasn’t the case. What happened was the most participatory song in pop music history came on the radio. I had no clue what was happening. As soon as all my friends started singing, I knew it was another cultural phenomenon that was was completely unaware of. The very last thing you want to say in a situation like this is “I have no idea what this is all about.” Because instantly your friends will look at you like they never really knew you. Somehow I got through the whole song without anyone pointing out that I wasn’t singing. Dodged a bullet there.
Flash-forward to 2015: The era of Snapchat. I installed the app on my phone, because I saw an article claiming the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) was killing it on Snapchat. The truth is that they are still slaying. Recently they dropped this amazing series that really lined up with my idea behind Gutter Curator: bring art history to the streets.
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Header image credit: “Arthur Atherley” by Thomas Lawrence – From LACMA Collections Online