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Re: Faith and Meaning in Art

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Fri, 19 Feb 1999 05:55:50 EST

I was under the impression, from an article in a news publication, that
Maplethorpe received a grant of several thousand dollars from NEA sources. The
NEA may not directly grant or control the funds when they move through a state
arts commission, but that organization has to write a grant and stipulate the
ways in which the money is going to be used. Also, I was under the impression
that the controversy originated at the Center for Contemporary Art in
Cincinnati, Ohio. When I visited there shortly thereafter, courtesy of the
Getty, they gave a talk on the exhibit and showed us the area in which the
photos were displayed. You had to deliberately enter the room. No one saw them
who did not want to. But you would have thought from the outrage that the
photos were on display in a large exterior window display. And truly small
children might not understand what they are seeing, but adults should be able
to view, analyze, judge, accept/not accept, and move on. I think it is a
direct reflection of the emphasis placed on arts education in our schools.

What a shame that these people can make such a to do over nothing. Mapelthorpe
was trying to show us an element of the society in which we live. And how
clever to wait until he is dead and cannot defend his work to stir up trouble.
I think all we have to do to get the whole thing back into perspective is
consider the current Telly Tubby controversy. I mean really.