Religious Sensitivities Between Religion And Art Beckons Controversy And The Wrath Of Family And Community

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Religious Sensitivities

Savannah Lewis
Many artists have broken old traditions by allowing a shroud of their faith and many others have not needed or intended to do so. The clash between religion and art beckons controversy and the wrath of family and community. Despite the sensitivities, ideas, or faiths of any given group or person, religion should not create taboo stipulations on any type of art. [1a] The word taboo “On the one hand it means to us sacred, consecrated: but on the other hand it means, uncanny, dangerous, forbidden, and unclean.”[1b] The question is where is the line drawn that separates what artwork can and can’t be show without upsetting the public?
“The taboo restrictions are different from religious or
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It was a part of the exhibit “Beware, Religion!” that opened at the Andrei Sakharov Museum in Moscow. This is one of 4 renderings, two digital prints and 2 acrylic on canvas paintings. This digital print mixes the modern pop art logo of Coca-Cola with an image of Jesus. It is one of the modern poster children for a stand against consumerism. The controversy jams the gears because of the fact that it is ‘taboo’, meshing a religious icon with a logo that isn’t habitually associated with religion immediately turns into something perceived as disrespectful.
Another example of controversial art is Piss Christ by Andres Serrano. It is a photo of a crucifix submerged in Serrano’s urine. Protesters stated that in this work Serrano had desecrated something sacred by not showing appropriate respect for Christ. But with so many different religions and denominations how can one pinpoint what is and what isn’t the appropriate respect for Christ? Further dissection of this piece might lead one to believe it lacked respect for the Christian faith.
A final example of controversial art is Yo Mama’s Last Supper by Renée Cox; this 5 (31” x 31”) panel photo shows Cox nude posed as Jesus, from Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper, surrounded by 12 fully-clothed male disciples, all of them Black with the exception of Judas, who was white. This was obviously very controversial due to the fact that there’s
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