On Wed, 18 Mar 1998, Monkey wrote:
> Did anyone happen to see the recent E! True Hollywood Story on Andy
> Warhol? It was a 2 hour documentary of his life that gets rather
> intimate and touches on some controversial personal elements such as
> homosexuality and drugs. As a high school art teacher, I am considering
> showing the video to my art classes. The major question I have is if it
> would be appropriate for and valuable to the students. Andy Warhol is
> without a doubt one of the most important artists of this century. But
> all too often it seems a closer look at the person behind the art brings
> pain and darkness that society would like to gloss-over or overlook
> Interestingly enough, I had a college English professor who felt it was
> important to reveal the artists behind the work (in this case, the
> artists were writers). I was really surprised at what controversial
> people these authors were, yet in my own schooling their writing was
> presented without mention of these important yet conveniently overlooked
> personal elements. It's kind of like the glossy image of history that's
> been painted on the American psyche, such as with Christopher Columbus'
> "discovery" of America. We were never taught about the racist thought
> involved, which might make Columbus look a little more like Hitler (a
> great book on the ways history has been "glossed" is A People's History
> of the United States by Howard Zinn).
> If anyone else caught the E! documentary, is this something you would
> show your classes?
> If you didn't see the Warhol special, I'd be interested in seeing a
> discussion considering these questions:
> 1. How much of the truth is appropriate to include in our public
> 2. What are your guidelines for censorship?