Arts commissioner enraged over Mark Ryden's work in Virginia Beach's Museum of Contemporary Art


#1

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#2

Hell, I bet that back in the Middle Ages there wouldn’t have been this kind of outcry. There was an appreciation of the grotesque and the absurd.

Modern christians are a bunch of titty-babies.


#3

Corpus Christi, what an asshole.


#4

Obviously she feels she can do what she wants with taxpayer money. Not on my watch.”

Cue the Benghazi witch hunt, me thinks.


#5

Yeah, the irony was that in the Middle Ages, there were artists whose job it was to go around and mock things, including the Church, much less artists creating their own, idiosyncratic, grotesque versions of religious scenes.


#6

Obviously she feels she can do what she wants with taxpayer money. Not on my watch.”

That is a pity. I would like to see the resulting decorated watch. Perhaps a petition is in order.


#7

I recall Virginia Beach being a very dull and overly restricted place. They want to be a fun beach town but without the Spring Break wild parties and public intoxication. They even have a stupid fucking ordinance that outlaws god damn swearing on their shitty ass boardwalk.

So this kind of reaction to art from an arts commissioner doesn’t seem out of place there.


#8

The guy’s name is Loyola? Seriously?


#9

I think those are ferrets, not rats. Regardless, it’s always hilarious to see an outraged Christian who thinks they’re somehow “off limits” from criticism and satire of their religion. No, honey. Your invisible sky friend doesn’t make you better than everyone else, believe it or not.


#10

Allow me to quote everyone who has ever said anything offensive in the US:

Freedom. Of. Speech.

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Loyola countered, “I’m responding to her false claim. Obviously she feels she can do what she wants with taxpayer money. [/quote]

You mean like the religious right and certain other groups seem to think that they can???


#11

Artwork that causes a bureaucrat’s monocle to pop out?

Ooh, I’m intrigued now!

*looks*

*not disappointed*


#12

I wonder why no one mentioned the sausages. Wonder what they think they mean? Also the fact that they have a knife on the table. I guess we will have to wait until they finish and tell us what it all means. Silly me, I first thought it was a take off of Carroll, but what do I know, I’m not a priest.


#13

I’m still looking for that shower of blood, evidence that the teapot isn’t dispensing Red Zinger, which part of the dress screams “first communion,” and how the heck we know this is anti-anything rather than pro. A ham bearing the name of the Texas town where it was presumably made is not, by itself, a very good reason to grouse about a generally cute picture unless the hams from there have a reputation for not being very good.


#14

To be fair, the tea saucer reads ‘Sanguine Christi,’ so there may be something to this artwork incorporating religious ideology into the composition.

That being said, I still don’t care if it does; art is subjective and often provocative.


#15

FTFY.

Awhile back, a friend had one of those “Virginia is for lovers” bumper stickers, with the “v” in lovers replaced by an “s” from a donor sticker.

Went to public school in VA. Ecch.


#16

Obligatory Bosch!


#17

He’s not a full time asshole, apparently.

But I don’t think he’s in the right this time. The U.S. has never been a Christian nation; it’s been a nation that respects all viewpoints and the freedom to express them without the government championing a single religion. Or at least, that’s the ideal it sometimes falls short of.


#18

FTFY

:slight_smile:


#19

If they don’t want to be offended, don’t go to the exhibit!! Problem solved!


#20

That’s different you know!! We’re protecting the children!!!

-religious right.