Student Art Display
The university is currently considering possible locations on campus for displaying paintings and other artwork by students. I think the lobby at the entrance to the student center would be a great location. Since many students pass through the student center every day, artwork displayed in the lobby would be viewed by hundreds of people. Also, because the whole front of the building is made of glass windows, the lobby is filled with natural light. This makes it perfect for displaying artwork, which should have plenty of light to be seen and appreciated.
Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
(man) Mary, you’re an art student. What do you think of this letter?
(woman) I don’t like the idea.
(man) Why not?
(woman) Well, first of all, his first point about a lot of people passing through the student center, that’s true, but..
(woman) But it’s always crowded with people coming and going. It’s not good for showing artwork. Imagine you’re standing there, trying to look at the painting, it’s gonna be like a million people walking through. People walking in front of you, blocking your view, distracting you.
(man) Hmmm. Yeah, I haven’t thought of it.
(woman) You won’t be able to appreciate the artwork or get a good look at anything with so much going on, with so many people moving around.
(man) Yeah, I see what you mean.
(woman) Plus, he’s wrong about the windows.
(man) But isn’t it true that it’s good for art to have lots of light?
(woman) In a sense, yeah, but that kind of light, all that natural light from windows, that’s actually not good, because if it’s really sunny out it will be way too bright, if it’s cloudy, it will be way too dark.
(woman) What you want is controlled light, consistent light, the kind you get from electrical light bulb. Think about in an art museum. In an art museum, you’ve got electric lighting and the light is always carefully controlled, always at the same level
Briefly summarize the proposal in the student’s letter. Then state the woman’s opinion about the proposal and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.
In the letter, the student proposes to put the artworks in the lobby at the entrance to the student center, because the center has many students and is full of natural light. But the girl in the conversation doesn’t agree with it. For the first point about many students passing through student center, she thinks the number of students coming and going is huge, which could be distracting for people to view the artworks. The center is always crowded with people. It’s hard to appreciate the artworks with so many people around. For the second point about natural light, she thinks it’s not very good. If it’s a sunny day, it’ll be way too bright. If it’s a cloudy day, it’ll be way too dark. Instead, the artworks need consistent light like the electric light in an art museum because the electric light is always carefully controlled and stays at a same level.