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Re: Keith Haring


Date: Thu Oct 03 2002 - 10:46:19 PDT

This is in response to an earlier posting on Haring that I deleted.
I think the inclusion of Artists such as Haring is critical to the
development of young artists; be that as it may, an earlier posting described
the staging of a simulation of writing Graffiti on subway walls using black
paper and a timer to have children take turns running out into the halls
deface the paper and run back into the classroom.
I was surprised this did not bring more critical response from this group in
Perhaps I am too conservative on this but I think not. What kind of message
is this giving students? Maybe it is all just a wonderful tongue in cheek
safe romp with safe vandalism and no victim but I think this is an ill
conceived lesson if I ever saw one.
I may have missed the point and would be happy to hear how others feel about
this sort of "project."
I did not respond to the initial posting but it has been rattling around in
my thoughts and I could not let this go without further discussion.

Robert Oppecker