Sure, guest books are rarely the most objective records of an exhibit. Only those who are moved to record their thoughts in a public venue do so, and most leave anonymous screeds that are comparable to a blog's comment section — a troll here, an earnest advocate there. There was plenty of positive feedback in their guest book, as well, but the faction of Frist's audience who found the exhibit disturbing and inappropriate for kids was, frankly, a little surprising to me. Jim Ridley's post from last week about creepy kids' movies got me thinking about the same dilemma — aren't kids much more resilient to weird stuff than grown-ups? Shouldn't every kid love Roald Dahl, R.L. Stine and Patricia Piccinini? Or am I just overestimating most people's desire to push boundaries?
For an exhibit I think should be an across-the-board hit, there are a few detractors fairly early on. Read through their comments below, and leave your own here.