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ERIC Number: EJ939782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1541-1796
Looking at Nude Artwork in a Museum Context
Decker, Greg
Teaching Artist Journal, v2 n3 p173-176 2004
In an increasingly religious culture, and with museum audiences with large populations of children, nude artworks continue to be cultural lightning rods, generating controversy--sometimes disliked, feared or misunderstood. As a figurative painter who paints nudes, and more importantly as a Teaching Artist who deals with nudity in classroom or museum, the author has some ground rules concerning this issue. In this article, the author shares some TA tools for tackling taboos. He argues that appreciating the nude in its manifest embodiments, introducing children to the gorgeous history of artistic human form, is a matter of gaining the trust of the audience from the very beginning. He contends that it is only through sensitivity and trust that educators can work to enhance the community of looking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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