Artistic Expiration Date

Some art ages better than others. This applies to creations by a single artist and multiple creators working on ensemble pieces.

Film, music, and live theatre need so many things to go right while having almost nothing go wrong. On the whole, success is a statistical outlier.

But once a work gains a toe-hold, the outlook for continued success increases. There’s even an academic description of this phenomenon called The Lindy Effect.

I’m not much for academics but a theory that was born in a Broadway delicatessen by a bunch of comedians on the topic of artistic career longevity is my kind of higher education.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel confirms the theory, though time will tell if this classic show will have a longer run than the late Lindy’s experienced.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.