But Is It Art?

The National Portrait Gallery, one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, is currently showing an exhibition Hide/Seek, the most expensive in its history, which will run through Christmas until Feb 13. The exhibition of works by homosexual/lesbian artists features images of an ant-covered Jesus, male genitals, naked brothers kissing, men in chains, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a painting the Smithsonian itself describes in the show’s catalogue as “homoerotic.”

The NPG’s  spokesperson claims “The crucifix, covered with ants, represents the lack of attention to Christian teachings in that Christian morality has been cast to the ground and the teachings of Jesus abrogated by speaking in his name.”

Thus, a homosexual who has rejected Christian morality as taught for 2000 years supposedly defends Christian morality by trying to scorn those who would uphold the teaching of Scripture. All because Christians have the temerity to say that what he wants is morally wrong. He chooses to ‘defend’ Jesus with an image which rubs Jesus’ face in the dirt.

Three questions:

1. If the purpose of a piece of art is to communicate a truth, a perspective, an emotion, how good is a filmed image if it has to be explained in writing?

2. Why is it that ‘courageous’ and ‘cutting edge’ artists, entertainers, comedians etc., only ever take on safe targets?

3. Would the NPG have been willing to include an art work attempting to portray how Islam treats homosexuals? Perhaps an image of Mohammed rolling on the ground and covered in ants?

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About Campbell

Now retired but once upon a time a parish minister in Glasgow, before that the South West and initially the Black Isle. Been a prison chaplain and lecturer. Still am constantly bemused by the weird world around me.
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One Response to But Is It Art?

  1. Gilbert McGill says:

    Don’t find myself disagreeing with your comments and wonder if that same exhibition would depict the disgaceful treatment of Christian Pakistani woman ASIA BIBI who has been sentenced to death for supposed blaspheming the name of mohammed. Not a safe target though!

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