Title: Controversial art finds home
Author: Randi Bjornstad
Source: The Register-Guard
Recently, censorship has become more and more prominent in the art community. But at what point to we draw the line between censoring content and restricting artists from sharing their thoughts and feelings? In this case of Linda Cunningham's piece, School Days, a few of a gallery's board members decided that her piece “didn’t fit”. The author of this article provided insight from both Linda and the board which supported the idea that her piece should have been allowed to be shown. The only generalization made about the piece was from the artist herself when she claimed that it was a response to her “feelings about [the shooting at]Sandy Hook and all the little children and teachers who were killed there”. It was also stated in the article, each of the censoring guidelines that the board uses to determine if a piece can be shown in the gallery and it was clear that School Days didn’t relate to any of the topics. With that being said, I 100% agree with the author and I feel that art will loose it’s integrity if it continues to be so harshly censored. Not to say that some things shouldn’t be censored. I just think it’s important for people to remember to be fair especially when it relates to art which is meant to be an outlet for artists to share their feelings with the world.
Overall, I think this article was easy to understand and analyze. The author did a good job of keeping his own opinions out and using an array of quotes and facts to support the topic at hand. This article relates to our course very much so because censorship is becoming a pressing issue that could greatly impact the Field of Art History. Like I stated in the previous paragraph, too much censorship could be damaging to the art community.What would we be left with then?