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    Jacob Schlottke---Gone too soon, and the world is a little less bright because of it. RIP, brother.

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    Wow. As an art major in college (although it was awhile ago I admit) I understand that art is about pushing the limits about defining what art is. I have seen performance art, including a piece where the audience was situated in the center of a gallery in a simulated ship and the artist stripped and painted the entire wall of the gallery with ketchup on his penis. I've long forgotten the point of it all.

    I'm wondering if the parents of that student are aware of her project. I bet that's not what they were thinking her education would be when they wrote the checks.

    Some red flags should be going off in the art department though or at least in administration. She has the right to look at this issue and to do it, but what is the responsibility of the university? I guess it was a success because it's making us all talk about it and think about it, but at what cost? This crosses the line for me, and you know I ranked myself as a liberal Liberal on our quiz.
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    I've been looking for some new artwork for my office . . .
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    and the artist stripped and painted the entire wall of the gallery with ketchup on his penis.

    I don't think there is enough lotion on earth to recover from that. Chafing!

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    OK. Maybe I should have left that part out, it's just too distracting to the point of the thread. I didn't mean to hijack it that way, but it's too late to take it out since it's been quoted.

    Can we get back to the point of the article?
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    Art by its nature encompasses work that may be controversial or offensive. That's what art does. Without art, we would only see officially approved points of view. For example, films (and sometimes filmmakers), in the U.S. and Russia (to name two places) were censored throughout much of the 20th-century. I personally find many contemporary films to be offensive, with their gratuitous sex and violence. But I would not want to return to censorship.

    The exhibit in controversy here will reflect on the artist. It will also be fodder for those who are always attacking higher education.

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    I don't think I've ever been offended by "art", including Piss Jesus, but I do tend to draw the line when "art" involves abortion.

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    What remedy would you like to see in "drawing the line" here? That she not be allowed to perform it? Expulsion or public condemnation from the school?

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    I think Yale should institute a rule that says that no human can be harmed while they are putting together their little art projects. That ought to cover it for the future.

    For now, the scorn and derision that are heaped upon her and her family will do.

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