Thesis Statement/Introduction: Art Controversy
Thesis Points: I want to talk about the subject as a whole instead of just picking a specific work of art and talking to people about it. I might bring up one specific piece but only to strengthen the overall idea. I am contemplating mentioning past, well-known, controversial art works that could possibly strengthen where I want to go with the article and saying why they were so controversial. I have also come up with some questions overall for art controversy that I think would be a good idea to ask the people I will be interviewing.
I.Main Point 1: Talking about the points listed below and how it has changed/interpreted over time.
a.Who decides what is acceptable art?
b.Why art can be dangerous or offensive?
c.Why and how does once-controversial art become accepted, such as Duchamp’s “Fountain”?
d.How can art challenge or change a society?
e.Why are new art forms often controversial?
f.How do politics, economics, religion, gender, and/or culture help ignite controversy over a work of art?
II.Main Point 2: I will be talking to NSP students and teachers about controversy a whole and where they see it the most. Some questions I came up with are:
a.What does art controversy mean to you?
b.What was your first reaction to the artwork?
c.Why did you think you had the reaction you did?
d.Does your opinion about the artwork change the longer you look at it and why?
e.How can you can connect the artwork to your own life?
f.How might your interpretation of this artwork be different from someone in another culture.
III.Main Point 3: I sent a message to Andres Von Chrzanowski (AKA Case Maclaim) about his current mural called The Unsung Hero, which is located on the historic Dye House in Milwaukee. I thought it would be very interesting to talk to an artist about their work specifically and how they feel about the controversy that has been uprising with their piece. In order to make my article stronger, I plan to have at least one artist's opinion about controversy, depending on how many respond to me, as well as talking to people around Milwaukee about how they feel about art controversy as a whole. I also am trying to find a way to contact Adam James Stoner for his Devontay mural in Black Cat Alley.
a.I want to have the artist's original intent be noted in the article and then what other people thought about because it should make for a more interesting and in-depth article rather than
Conclusion: Abbreviating everything I have talked about. Explaining why and how art controversy is such a dominant force in Milwaukee.
Bachelor of Fine Arts-New Studio Practice Major