Friday, June 24, 2005

Art Museum Visits-I See Naked People

In an earlier post, I mentioned changing Michelangelo's art in order to "protect" children from nakedness.

Read this article for a sane viewpoint:

Art museums are often full of nudity. Why? Because artists love to create representations of people.
"The human figure has always been one of the most studied aspects of art," said Danielle Rice, executive director of the Delaware Art Museum.
"It's the measure of all things."
So if you go to a museum or art gallery where there will be depictions of art, how do you explain it to your kids?
Naturally, of course.
When children notice a nude figure, Rice who headed the education department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before coming to Delaware, uses the moment as an opportunity to start a conversation about the subject. Does the image make them feel uncomfortable or embarrassed? Why is that?, she asks. She then leads the conversation toward the difference between nudity in art -- an ideal, or symbol of nature -- and nakedness, which is less ideal. "It gets them thinking," she said.
Milton Downing, who teaches art at Brandywood Elementary School in Brandywine Hundred and and Maple Lane Elementary School in Claymont and at the Christina Cultural Arts Center in Wilmington, explains how artists see the drawing of the human body as an artistic challenge and an important form of expression. He then points out what makes the image artistic. "Oh, course, I get some oohs and ahs," he says.

1 comment:

  1. What a load of crap. Every kid should have a Hustler magazine at age 8.

    Ask Morris