This is a long time coming and absolutely ridiculous that the Scott exhibition was cancelled ("Fear No Art," Nov. 4). Once again, the Scene has brought an important issue to our attention, and I appreciate it. I'm not exactly sure how the saying goes but, "evil men triumph when good men do nothing." People opposed to Scott's exhibition or other artists' works that they feel are questionable certainly aren't evil, but they are ignorantly misguided when they oppose us having the opportunity to experience something that they aren't even interested in seeing.
Culture on the skids
Fear is an interesting emotion to use in conjunction with art ("Fear No Art," Nov. 4). Doubting there's anything to fear from beaded penises and raw language, what's to be gained? Joyce J. Scott chooses to express herself in a controversial way, and the Frist Center chooses not to exhibit her work. I applaud the Frist Center's decision. Nashville is not Los Angles or New York, and that doesn't make it any less of a city. In many ways, it makes Nashville more of a city in which to raise families in an atmosphere of high moral standards. Contrary to your comments, Nashville is a place that can absorb and generate ideas, and to suggest that if Nashville is not open to the full range of artistic discourse that we are not willing to consider new ideas in business ludicrous.
Watkins' decision to not display a student work that included audio and video of the beheading of American engineer Jack Armstrong was beyond correct. The student did not create a work of art but rather exploited a hideous terrorist act at the expense of the victim's dignity and his family's privacy. The "other photo" deserves to be hidden, as it is "X" rated, and there's plenty of pornography around for anyone who chooses to view it without inappropriately putting it in an art exhibit.
Not only "penis-averse" people protested Alan LeQuire's Musica. The sculpture is amazing, but one has to wonder about the logic of the location. A roundabout is difficult enough to maneuver without naked bodies sticking out all over the place. Wouldn't you love to hear what visitors to Nashville have to say about Musica as they circle the sculpture? While it's not offensive in the way the aforementioned works are offensive, it's easy to see why some feel the location is inappropriate.
People gravitate to Nashville because Nashville is a nice place to live. Nashville is a progressive Southern city with a wealth of art for viewing. If someone wants to view controversial art, they should go visit one of the cities that embraces such art.
While we are on the subject of offensive viewing, I was pleased to notice your adult personal ads seem to be dwindling and the real estate ads expanding. Take note, Village VoiceNashville is not New York, will never be nor should aspire to be; our Southern culture deserves to be preserved especially if it means banning penises from art shows.
Nan Nelson Parrish
No penis envy here
Until I saw this week's cover ("Fear No Art"), it never concerned me who was the editor of this fantastic weekly gift. Because, you see, I seriously doubt a male editor in the South would approve such an explicit cover. I say, you go girl(as only we women in the South can say).
Brenda Gale Beasley
A nude image possessed by a working class person is labeled pornography. One in possession of the upper class is proclaimed to be art. And a nude person in public is arrested for indecent exposure. Somehow things don't fit.
Jack D. Walker
Music Row, blame yourself
I have to say that after reading "Why Country Bands Suck" (Nov. 4), I'm inclined to agree with you as to why country bands so rarely survive today. When you buy an album from a country band these days, you're essentially hearing the same musicians that you hear when you buy an album from a solo artist. And that's not to say that the studio musicians in this town aren't incredible players, because they obviously are, but it's pretty much like buying a solo artist album and then finding out that the artist isn't the one doing the singing.
Unfortunately, the music biz is so jaded that if a band did come along that wrote some of their own songs, played their own instruments, and sang their songs not only live, but on a record too, they wouldn't know what to make of it! Oh wait, a band like that did come along, and they were screwed over, but they'll be back. This band played on their own album, did their own singing and its members even wrote or co-wrote several of the songs. In concert, they're electric, insanely talented, funny, and some of them have just a slight touch of bad boy to keep the women interested.
The country music industry can bitch and moan all it wants about the lack of successful bands, but the execs need look no further than themselves for whom to blame. They're the ones who made the unwritten rule that things can only be done one way. But unfortunately for them, country fans are getting more selective, and they're getting tired of the old formula. They're ready for something new, something better and something real.
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