Thursday, December 02, 2010

In the news today...

The spirit of China’s student-led pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square was dramatized by a lone man standing defiantly before a column of tanks in the heart of Beijing. But military force prevailed; communist leaders crushed the protests, killing hundreds, possibly thousands. The Berlin Wall came down, proof that the Cold war was finally over — and that the communists who built the wall had lost. Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini condemned British author Salman Rushdie to death for blasphemy. And officials at Washington's National Portrait Gallery, bowing to political pressure from tax-exempt religious organizations and grand-standing members of Congress, removed a work of video art by the late artist David Wojnarowicz from an exhibition there.

Labels: Art and politics


Anonymous Bernard Klevickas said...

Hope things are well in Miami!
I understand what your saying (writing) Two steps forward one big step back.
See you Friday night with a revamped, more focused presentation.


12/02/2010 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Jedd Haas said...

I think this will eventually backfire in the same way that the demonization of "Piss Christ" backfired previously. Those who decried "Piss Christ" based on the title alone can easily be placed on the losing side in the historical recognition of what I consider a visually transcendent work. One hopes the present kerfuffle will play out the same way.

12/05/2010 07:20:00 PM  

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