This article presented an interesting and refreshing aspect of the role of art in our world both today and in past times. Like art itself, it triggered much thought about art's role on a grand scale and also in daily life. I like to think of art as a trigger, especially a trigger of thought. Works of art are incredibly stimulative to the senses, mind, and person as a whole. While an artist can attempt to captivate their emotions, reactions, thoughts or many other things in their work, he or she is also creating a chain reaction of inspiration, thoughts and feelings for any person who is given the opportunity to view their work.
I had a hard time understanding he cat and dog analogy that was used to describe art at the end of the article. I had an easier time relating to several other points that Jerry Saltz made. I strongly agreed with the statement that art cannot drastically change large aspects of the world overnight, but rather that it will do so incrementally. I also enjoyed reading about how the furniture from the 70s and 80s eased the mans mind from his emotions of September 11th. The designer of that furniture had no intentions of that furniture ever being able to do such a thing for a person twenty or thirty years after its creation, but that is the power of art.