Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Death of Cleopatra

I listened to the podcast titled The Death of Cleopatra by Maggie Tsang. In her podcast, she talked about the scultpure of Cleopatra's death, made by Edmonia Lewis. She discussed how critics didn't not approve of the sculpture, because they didn't believe in showing a woman's death. Although most critics deemed the sculpture horrendous and inappropriate, one critic noticed the beauty of the sculpture, even though he seemed to not realize the type of woman Cleopatra really was.

Personally, i think the sculpture is morbidly beautiful, and that it shouldn't have been such a big deal. I think people tend to get offended too easily, and it causes them to fail to see the true beauty in something.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Katrina and The Arts

Biloxi Art Museum:

I've just finished reading an article titled Katrina and The Arts, about the effects of katrina on arts museums in the Gulf Coast. I liked this article because i could relate to it, since i've lived in the Gulf Coast my entire life. I love the fact that so many people have tried to help rebuild the Gulf Coast, especially the art museums. It's tragic that so much artwork was destroyed during the hurricane, because art is the hardest thing to get back. If it can't be restored, the piece of artwork can never be recreated in exactly the same way. So it is important that people appreciacte art, and try to preserve the artwork in anyway they can.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Responding to Articles is Always Fun.

After reading this article, i find it hard to understand how someone can think that it's right to discriminate any one person for their religious beliefs. Why is it such a big deal that a boy decided to create a drawing that reflects his own religion? Religion and art are both very personal things, and no one has the right to tell another person that they shouldn't express their own beliefs and opinions. Most people i know of who practice some sort of religion take it very seriously, and it's a special part of their life. Art is similar because it reflects something that is special and important to the artist, no matter how it makes others feel.

It was said that the boy in this article had "infringed on other students rights" because he wanted to express his own beliefs. Am i the only one who doesn't understand the logic behind this? It's almost like saying "we don't want you infringing on someone else's rights, so we'll infringe on yours." I don't think it's fair for the boy to be punished for expressing his religion, just because of what other people might think of it. I personally don't have a religion, but i know that is not what most religion is all about. Like I've stated before, his religion is personal, and any other person's opinion of it doesn't matter. This site is a good example of how art and religion are related, and have been for many years.

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