File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 224

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 21:19:00 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] politics

Art Politics, Religion, you always have to say "what do you mean when you say that?" because the definitions are so varied.

Someone told me once that art is always political one way or the other because you are either accepting the status quo or challenging it. 

As far as I'm concerned B&P can do no wrong. You may as well criticize the grand canyon. But that's just me. If Schumann is getting a little strident I just take it as an operatic theme and enjoy the spectacle and the art. There's always plenty of art with Bread and Puppet.

I agree about the religious melding with art. I think the buzz is coming from the same place, it's the same thrill, the same endorphins firing.
best to everyone,
Steven Barr>>> When is an artistic activity Art? All Art is not even Art, let alone Political. Much Art is Religious too.
Some artistic activities are blatantly political (B & P), some are religious. I used to think B and P was a religious experience because there was a clear catharsis or transcendence at the end. I tend to group this Religious aspect with the Art aspect, but not to the Political part. It depends what the objective is.
We look with distain upon the Bush admin. because they had a POV and went on to implement that.
They plowed ahead in spite of opposition. Bread and puppet may be doing the same thing. Plowing on ahead in spite of .....
But I also think B and P to be a type of Propaganda, one that is not always welcome, nor objective.
They usually preach to the choir (I'm in that choir). I wish they would learn from this ordeal, because it appears that they want to enlarge their scope if they venture into the schools.
     I like to think that Art transcends Politics and Religion, yet can be both political and religious.
I also think i better get to work.

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