Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Walker Documentary Sparks Debate

DALLAS—A PBS documentary series being offered as a supplement to the middle school and high school art curriculum in the Dallas Independent School District has become a cause for concern, reports the Dallas Morning News. The series, art:21 — Art in the Twenty-First Century, features short biographies of more than 40 contemporary artists with in-depth looks into their various techniques. Some of the more provocative fare showcased, incorporating heavier themes of sex, race, and violence, has been targeted by concerned parents as well as teachers. According to the Morning News, African-American artist Kara Walker’s famed cut-paper silhouettes of explicit images referencing slavery and Sally Mann’s nude photography of children have been singled out as especially controversial.

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