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Asking Art: 10 Questions

Installation view, The Language of Less (Then and Now), Oct 8, 2011–Apr 15, 2012

Photo © MCA Chicago


  1. What are we looking at?
  2. What do you see, hear, smell, feel when you look at this?
  3. What’s something you’re seeing that you think nobody else has noticed?
  4. If you had to give someone instructions for how to make this, what would you tell them?
  5. If this arrived in a time machine, when and where would it have come from?
  6. Why might someone make this?
  7. If the artist who made this were here right now, what questions would you ask them?  
  8. If you could change one thing about this, what would it be and why?
  9. How does this connect to something from your life?
  10. What other questions does this make you want to ask?


These questions have been developed with artists, teachers, and young people to generate dynamic, inquiry-based dialogue about art.