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When Artists Fear Their Audience

Post #1734 • January 26, 2015, 9:20 AM • 3 Comments

[Image: Serhat Tanyolacar's sculpture on the University of Iowa Pentacrest, photo by ]

Serhat Tanyolacar's sculpture on the University of Iowa Pentacrest, photo by Mitchell Schmidt

In my first piece for City Journal, I look at the cases of Serhat Tanyolacar at the University of Iowa and Tony Matelli at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, and what they indicate about freedom of expression on campus.

Update 9:59: It has come to my attention that soon-to-be-Doctor Wheeler has blocked me on Twitter. Let me know if she starts deleting posts. I have screenshots.

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1.

Warren Craghead

January 26, 2015, 10:26 AM

Presumably intended, the sculpture rhymes with the building behind it.

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Franklin

January 26, 2015, 10:50 AM

As well as that pine tree on the right. I've long suspected that evergreens represent systemic racism.

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John Link

January 26, 2015, 11:37 AM

The Tower of Babel and the Ivory Tower have lots in common, thanks to an escalating symbiotic relationship over the past fifty years. Perhaps the time for scattering will soon come.

In the meantime the politically, socially, and morally sensitive campus language cops have lost their ability to tell which one of the dogs in the fight fights for them. Their comical arguments over whose fangs are the most authentic give me great amusement.

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