Sunday Reads: Not in this hood…

Good morning.

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Molly 4 the win

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From Twitter:

The “trickle down” theory?:

Some censorship in the arts:

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I’m posting a Philip Guston painting today because I disagree with the actions of the National Gallery of Art, Tate Modern, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston who are jointly delaying the retrospective, “until a time at which we think that the powerful message of social and racial justice that is at the center of Philip Guston’s work can be more clearly interpreted.” . So weird. This seems to me a polite way of saying they don’t trust the public’s intelligence. The museums would seem to prefer to mold the public’s opinion into something it’s more comfortable with, through didactic heavy-handed messaging. It also seems to imply that the outcry for social and racial justice itself isn’t to be trusted, that everyone is just too emotional, too basket-case-y to “clearly interpret” a painting. As a painter, I must say the premise of “clearly interpreting” one is pretty goofy, especially for someone who has ostensibly devoted their life to the arts. A painting that can only be interpreted according to how the institution sees fit is either a boring painting or stuck in an authoritarian framework which diminishes the art and the public’s relation to it. Is this what we’re reduced to? Must we all march in lockstep at the behest of a potential someone who, upon seeing a KKK cartoon in a painting, immediately and automatically assumes the person who painted it has a Fascist message? Does a novelist become a villain every time they introduce one into the story? Frankly, I’m curious what the museums think will happen in 2024 that will assuage the public into a more docile bunch happy to “interpret” according to the museums’ interpretation instructions. What a strange moment in history we find ourselves when a museum censors itself out of fear of the public’s reaction. I liked it better when it was the political right who distrusted the public and censored what it felt might corrupt it. . (Continued in comments)

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Something to think about.

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Omg this from @rosannaarquette #dontfilltheseat

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27 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Not in this hood…”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Hillary has a podcast now!!

  2. NW Luna says:

    Love the “Not in Our Hood” and crossed-out Trump!

  3. NW Luna says:

  4. lililam says:

    The postponement of the Guston collection smacks of condescension. Art, particularly cutting edge and controversial, is particularly needed to aid in interpreting the current crapola happening around us. Rather than being incendiary, it may actually lend a point of perspective. Waiting for an appropriate method to view such art in the time of Covid is appropriate, but to wait until things “blow over” infantalizes society.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thanks to Dakinikat for the heads up. This is huge!

    • NW Luna says:

      Ha, I just came here to post this! In case people can’t get thru the paywall, here’s the gist of it:

      The Times has obtained tax-return data for President Trump extending over more than two decades. It tells a story fundamentally different from the one he’s sold to the public.

      Mr. Trump’s finances are under stress, beset by hundreds of millions in debt coming due and an I.R.S. audit that could cost him over $100 million.

      He paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, and nothing at all in 10 of the prior 15 years — largely because he lost so much money.

      He’s a loser!

      • bostonboomer says:

        The Times was also able to take the fullest measure to date of the president’s income from overseas, where he holds ultimate sway over American diplomacy. When he took office, Mr. Trump said he would pursue no new foreign deals as president. Even so, in his first two years in the White House, his revenue from abroad totaled $73 million. And while much of that money was from his golf properties in Scotland and Ireland, some came from licensing deals in countries with authoritarian-leaning leaders or thorny geopolitics — for example, $3 million from the Philippines, $2.3 million from India and $1 million from Turkey.

        He reported paying taxes, in turn, on a number of his overseas ventures. In 2017, the president’s $750 contribution to the operations of the U.S. government was dwarfed by the $15,598 he or his companies paid in Panama, the $145,400 in India and the $156,824 in the Philippines.

        Mr. Trump’s U.S. payment, after factoring in his losses, was roughly equivalent, in dollars not adjusted for inflation, to another presidential tax bill revealed nearly a half-century before. In 1973, The Providence Journal reported that, after a charitable deduction for donating his presidential papers, Richard M. Nixon had paid $792.81 in 1970 on income of about $200,000.

      • NW Luna says:

        Should have said only part of the gist of it.

    • NW Luna says:

      • quixote says:

        criming while white male for decades, indeed. Ever since about 2015 and he first forced himself on everyone’s attention, I’ve been wondering how he got away with doing so much garbage for so long. The only answer seemed to be that there had to be dozens of corrupt bureaucrats littered *everywhere*.

        But that’s almost like those conspiracy theories that require hundreds of thousands of people to all keep a secret together.

        Seems impossible. But it also seems like the only explanation. Aargh.

    • dakinikat says:

      well, it seems the Pope has a few things to say ..,

      • NW Luna says:

        Since Evangelicals think Catholics are not Christian (yeah, I know), I doubt this will make an impact on them. But perhaps it will on others.

        • quixote says:

          yes, but what’s-her-name is a fundie version of *Catholic*. My understanding is that’s a cult that considers itself Catholic.

          Or, quite possibly, I’m confused. But if not, they’ll care a lot what the Pope says.

  6. bostonboomer says:

  7. dakinikat says:

    Well, here’s something you don’t read in the press every day …

  8. NW Luna says:

  9. NW Luna says:

    Here’s some good news:

    • quixote says:

      Huh? When did that happen? Is the guy, Lukashenko?, out? I didn’t even know they were having an election. Last I heard he was trying to arrest protestors.

      This is *very* good news.

      • NW Luna says:

        Yeah, I’m feeling confused. The account seems legit, but I too thought they were still protesting and risking jail.

      • NW Luna says:

        Symbolic inauguration, unfortunately.

        MINSK (Reuters) – Masked police dragged people into vans and fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse crowds as tens of thousands marched for a seventh straight weekend to demand veteran Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko quit.

        Protesters chanted “impostor” and “Sveta is our president” as they marched through Minsk and other cities decked out in red-and-white opposition colours. At least 200 people were detained, the interior ministry said.

        Some dubbed the protest a “people’s inauguration” of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Lukashenko’s main opponent who fled into exile after the Aug. 9 election that Lukashenko’s opponents say was blatantly rigged to hand Lukashenko a sixth term.

  10. NW Luna says: