The First Monday in May is a recent documentary that takes viewers into the opulent world of art, fashion and beauty via the Met Gala. As the glamour unfolds on the silver screen, two conflicting responses seem appropriate: on the one hand, a sense of appreciation of the intricacy, skill, and beauty involved in this fashion exhibition, as well as the huge party accompanying it; but on the other hand, this extravagance can seem excessive … and almost obscene.
What is the role and value of art in our society? Is it frivolous to spend money on beautiful things, or spend time enjoying or pursuing art, when all of that time and money could be spent on feeding the hungry or saving a life?
In this episode of Life & Faith, John Dickson and Simon Smart join Natasha Moore in a discussion around form and function, beauty and utility – and whether we can justify art and culture.
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LISTEN to Part One of this conversation here.