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Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

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DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Christian Beliefs Under Attack with FUN HOME Choice by Duke

College Students Refuse To Read Award-Winning Novel Because It Violates Their Christian Beliefs 

Some freshmen students at Duke University are protesting the assignment of Fun Home, claiming reading it would violate their Christian beliefs. 

More nonsense (here) from the population in American society who believes, not in Christ, but that the sole definer of their faith is how offended they can by other people's lifestyles. 

Three things to know here: 

1. These students do not go to a Christian college. Duke is a secular, private college. The college has no mission or obligation to only assign materials that will uphold your personally held religious beliefs.

2. They can claim to be offended by being assigned FUN HOME but they cannot claim it violates their Christian beliefs. For that to be true they must be FORCED to believe something - such as homosexuality is not a sin but a natural part of the physical universe - that breaks the rules of their faith. Reading a book is an act of the mind and heart but it does no terrorism to anyone's religious beliefs. Knowledge or insight gained from a book has limited impact and use on any person whose faith is stronger than anything found in the book. So go on and be offended that Duke attempts to be inclusive but you haven't been violated.

3. Finally, the pursuit of an undergraduate education is still intended to open minds to a range of thought; expose students to all kinds of worlds and perspectives all in the safety of the college campus. If they're going to pretend that college made it unsafe to be there (the violation of the Christian beliefs) then they are not only believing a faction but also this campus is not where you belong.


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