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Re: homeless art

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Elizreese (Elizreese)
Sat, 6 Dec 1997 16:28:36 EST

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Lynne wrote-

Andres Serano (of the NEA controversy) did a wonderful series of photos of

homeless people. I saw some of them exhibited at the Fine Arts Museum in

Santa Fe a few years ago. The prints were brilliant color portraits,

larger than life, and did not "objectify" the people. Instead, they made

the people too big to ignore, and clearly individuals.
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If these works are not "objectified," I wonder what the implications of large,
brilliant, color photographs of people who can not afford roofs over their
heads in a museum space suggest? If the intent of creating the works and
displaying them was not--among other issues--to objectify the homeless, I am
sure Serrano and the Museum and its patrons regularly contribute to the
homeless cause, and the programming was created to contextualize these
issues... ?

Let us not forget the Mapplethorpe "double-edged sword:" can you truly
consider the works without factoring in both their artistic AND political
issues?

Beth

Elizabeth B. Reese
Doctoral Candidate
The Pennsylvania State University


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