Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Haven’t tried a nude-in-class component, yet.

Something tells me that a nude human Supply and Demand curve might be a tad bit unpopular in the American public high school system.  I wonder about college.

“Over the last 11 years, professor Ricardo Dominguez has taught a course at UC San Diego titled Visual Arts 104A: Performing the Self.
As part of an assignment, students are asked to make a nude “gesture” in front of the class in a darkened room.”

Yes, um, Coach Brown from the Ukiah Daily Fishwrap….I was just wondering….in a class called “Visual Arts: Performing the Self”, with a professor that is known to enjoy being naked, and with your daughter being told that nudity might actually happen in the class……


“It bothers me; I'm not sending her to school for this,” the anonymous woman told KGTV. “It makes me sick to my stomach.”

Not that I would know but it’s a good bet that there are other things that might be cause for concern at U.C. San Deigo that does not involve a nude people in a room painting each other.  It’s college for Christ sake; the act of getting naked for some Art class is not necessarily a brand new concept, especially in the University of California system.  I read the story and noticed two things; an overbearing parent, and …

Mr. Dominguez seems nice but I’m not getting in a room naked with him. 

“The students can choose to do the nude gesture version or the naked version (the naked gesture means you must perform a laying bare of your 'traumatic' self, and students can do this gesture under a rug or in any way they choose -- but they must share their most fragile self -- something most students find extremely hard to do). The nude self gesture takes place in complete darkness, and everyone is nude, with only one candle or very small source of light for each individual performance.”

Fine.  It’s art.  So is this.

Guess to each their own.  I wouldn’t get all nude with a professor and a candle lit room, nor would I get Abramovic slap happy to find an emotional connection to pain-driven art.  However the parent is the one that is out of line here.  College is meant for the bizarre to be explored and the boundaries to be pushed.  It’s also one of those things you let your kid experience even if the parent is paying the rent.  If the kid has the grades and drive, then the nude painting is just another stop on the journey of self-actualization. 

She’s in college.  Let her figure it out.

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