“When Creative Expression Causes Controversy”
By Brooke Steiner
“The Unsung Hero,” a mural created by Andres con Chrzanowski adorns the north side of the Dye House building at 320 E. Buffalo St. in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. In a highly realistic the painting depicts the form of a working-class woman. What might be unusual is that the painting does not depict the woman’s head as it runs off the top of the building. The painting represents working class women of the past and of the present. Some people think that it is points at how poorly women are treated around the world.
The writer Steiner discusses how controversy has played a part in artworks role in society. She discusses how writer Molly Snyder wrote about how a mural of Selena done by Mauricio Ramirez on a 5th Street building in Milwaukee. Molly Snyder referred to Selena as the “Madonna of Milwaukee” in her review. Some people find that offensive and self she was forced to write a retraction. “This was a learning experience through art for me. I want to do better.” said Steiner.
Controversy in art was seen in 1917 at the Armory Show when French American artist Marcel Duchamp created a piece called “Fountain.” “Fountain” is a urinal that has been turned on its back on its pedestal. One of Duchamp’s found objects. Duchamp felt that art was like a mirage, but it is a solid mirage. It alludes to a greater reality.
Another example of a controversial artist would be Heather Minoque who is working on a campaign called “Every Freedom Needs a Fighter addressing censorship in Hong Kong.
Controversies are not constant in that something that is controversial today may not have been controversial in the past and vice versus. Ideas change and art changes with it.
The final example is produced by Amy Lunde uses traditional needlepoint work to express ideas about difficult topics like health problems. Her work is found controversial because as she is expressing her thoughts on pain, other people might think that she does not have it so bad. Art has the capacity to change society, though it might take a while to accomplish.