The recent controversies at the Whitney Biennial regarding the outstanding painting Open Casket by Dana Schutz, and The Public’s production of Julius Caesar are important reminders of the significance of artistic courage. The job of the artist is not to be fashionable, or sentimental, or trite. We are not here to make things easy, or to abdicate art’s responsibility for the general good. Schutz received death threats, protests, hostile letters, and a call for her searing and poignant reflection on the murder of Emmet Till to be destroyed. The Public Theater, one of New York City’s most treasured institutions had vital funding pulled, and protesters charging the stage to interrupt their timely and insightful take on Julius Caesar. What moved and inspired me were these artists backbone and integrity, their commitment to stand by their art and it’s message. They created art that challenges us to think more deeply, something our society sorely needs.
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