Nicholas A. Christakis+ Your Authors @NAChristakis Sterling Professor of Social & Natural Science at Yale. Physician. Author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society. Luckily wed @ErikaChristakis Jun. 19, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

I was unaware of this extraordinary event of students actually making a bonfire & burning (provocative) art at @UCT_news in 2017:  https://www.groundup.org.za/article/here-list-art-destroyed-uct/  A list of burned works (w some photos) is provided. Context & intention of the artist are often relevant to interpreting art.

Another case I’ve been following, in the USA, of calls to censor (provocative) art that also, pertinently, ignore intent and context:  https://reason.com/2019/06/20/george-washington-mural-san-francisco-racist/?amp&__twitter_impression=true  via @robbysoave

And the impetus to censor art is so widespread, even among members of Congress, who should know better. Here, Republican members of congress sought to remove high school student David Pulphus’ painting protesting police violence from view (also in 2017):

More on the shifting, bullshit, explanations for the removal of art at University of Cape Town, despite the actual intended (and often clear) meaning of the art, see:  https://www.politicsweb.co.za/opinion/the-art-of-bullshit-at-uct  via @arspoeticasa


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