First, big snaps to Ruth and the gang for putting together such an awesome class discussion. Art surrounds us every day in so many forms and the beautiful thing about art is its infinite interpretations. Just the other day I was wikipediang Yoko Ono after watching a George Harrison documentary and I was curious to hear about her and John Lennon’s start. I never knew she was a performance artist and a well known one at that. There was one exhibition that she did that really struck me. She stood in a gallery and had people who came in cut off a piece of her clothing until she was naked; I think the exhibition was related to gender identity and violence against women, unfortunately I didn’t read too much into it but I thought it was really unique.
Also, a month or so ago I was watching the Rachel Maddow show and there was a clip of a piece of art at an exhibit. It was an ice sculpture in the shape of the words “Middle Class” and it was over a warm area so it was melting. This exhibit illustrating our country’s disappearing middle class and the ever expanding wealth disparity in America.
Whether it’s Tupac’s poetry/lyricism, Yoko Ono’s performance art, or a topless women in the Middle East pushing for gender equality/recognition, art is an amazing tool to mobilize change and spread a message.
Also, I thought Kara’s point in class was so interesting and one that I had never thought about before. Sometimes it takes a super radical person to make the average-radical-person not look so radical. It’s so true- everyone looks to Malcolm X for spearheading radical movements during the civil rights movement and, while Dr. King Jr. was definitely more peaceful, it still makes his message seem less taboo. In pushing for a systemic and institutionalized change, I think you need both sides to participate (radical and not so radical) to really make a difference.
Finally, this doesn’t really have much to do with art as protest, but I just read this quote and I really liked it/thought it was fitting for the edugals:
“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors”. Maya Angelou