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A&E.O censorship issues

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Anthony N. Kopp (kopp.16)
Mon, 3 Nov 1997 14:15:42 -0500 (EST)

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I have been noticing a lot of censorship issues appearing on here lately,
and it has sparked an interest in me. For my final presentation in this
issues class, I have chosen to look into art censorship, particularly the
use of the nude in artworks throughout history and the role of that use in
modern art. I intend to focus on some works by Maplethorpe and the
x-portfolio in order to discover where the lines between pornography,
obscenity and art are drawn and, furthermore, who draws them. My primary
question is addressed to any high school teachers out there. Do you ever
address the use of nudity in art, or do the school boards prohibit this type
of art from being taught? I understand the implications of bringing the
controversial work of an artist like Maplethorpe into the classroom and
would never do it without the cooperation of the school and school board,
but I believe that the idea of teaching about the nude in art is a way to
allow students of high school age to begin to see the body as more of a work
of art and less as a sexual object. If anyone has dealt with these
problems, please e-mail me. Also, any lesson ideas for a studio dealing
with this would be appreciated.

Anthony N. Kopp
It appears that we are marooned in the proverbial excretory tributary
lacking sufficient means of motivation.

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