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Re: Faith and Meaning in Art

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Mon, 1 Mar 1999 16:25:46 -0800 (PST)


The work you have in mind is PISS CHRIST by Andres Serrano
Ron

On Wed, 17 Feb 1999, carla schiller wrote:

> The post reprinted below, which I completely disagree with, reminds me
> that I have a question I hope someone on the list can answer. I had
> thought that the artist Mapplethorpe was the one who created the
> controversial beaker of urine with a cross in it, but one of my students
> told me I am mistaken. Can anyone tell me who the actual artist is/was?
> Thanks.
> --Carla
>
> Carla Schiller, Esq.
> Teacher, Highly Gifted Magnet
> North Hollywood High School, CA
> e-mail: charwitt.us
> webpage index: http://lausd.k12.ca.us/~charwitt/index.html
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> "We all make the best choices from among those we see, but we don't always
> see all the choices available." --Author unknown
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>
>
> On Mon, 15 Feb 1999, Ann Carolan wrote:
>
> > Amen. I was pleasantly surprised that the great majority of replies to
> > my comments were very positive, inspirational and uplifting. It really
> > is encouraging to think that there are so many fine people out there
> > teaching art, not just as a skill to be bought and sold in the
> > marketplace, but as a means of transcending material reality and giving
> > the material world a purpose, meaning, and a "spirit"ual reality. As I
> > write, it occurs to me that because we have designated spiritual things
> > to the closet, things we may not speak of in Public Schools, we have
> > borne the fruits of this in the banal and beastial forms of music and
> > some art today whose crass reality do not uplift but place us in the
> > lower realms of our animal natures. We all recognize our gifts as
> > humans, go well beyond the world of animals into the thoughts, minds and
> > spirits of beings who are made in the "image" of their Maker. So why
> > can't we speak this truth? I fear we will continue to suffer as a
> > culture until this "iron curtain" of repression is lifted. How ironic
> > that one of the chief purveyors of this myth is the ACLU, the very
> > organization that was created to protect our rights has stolen them. And
> > what do we do to stop them from twisting the truth? People tend to
> > repeat the platitudes and messages we are fed in the media: "We must
> > have separation of Church and state" was taken out of context. In
> > reality, a closer look at our Constitution reveals the underlying
> > meaning was greater freedom of religion, greater rights to speech and
> > artistic expressionism. For example the Supreme Court recently protected
> > pornography as "free speech" on the web, yet, the nativity and religious
> > symbolism is forbidden in schools. I feel it is our duty, those of us
> > who know the Truth, artists, musicians, creative mindsm, to rise above
> > this repression of thought to create a new myth. After all, the creative
> > mind is the free mind not subject to repetition and digitized
> > regurgitations of what others force-feed us, but gifted to think and act
> > freely despite suppression and demagoguery.
> >
> > What slogans and symbols can we create to change this paradigm? Please
> > publish your ideas to help stimulate some free associations if you
> > agree, if not, you can always "delete", that is your choice.
> >
> > Ann Carolan
> >
> >
> >
> >
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