I went to the open discussion on the so-called "art" exhibit at San Francisco Art Institute. I wore Real Shoes and not some of my 47 1/2 pairs of sneakers because everyone knows that Real Shoes bestow more authority. I even found parking right in front of the campus, which is beautiful, but I only made it as far as the gate to the courtyard before several bouncers turned me back.
The forum was canceled. I asked why and was given a press release which states that there were threats by animal-rights extremists against the art institute. I must say that I don't agree with their tactics as violence was the whole point of the protest, but thankfully the controversial exhibit has been permanently closed.
I do take umbrage at the statement issued by President Chris Bratton of SFAI, who persists in referring to Adel Abdessemed as an "artist."
"Though we've decided to take this action," he said, "SFAI stands behind the exhibition as an instance of a long-standing and serious commitment, on SFAI's part, to reflection on, and free and open discussion of, contemporary global art and culture. As an institution, we take seriously our responsibility, to encourage, and promote, such dialogue."
Clearly the guy suffers from commarhea.
He goes on defending his appallingly bad judgment in running the exhibit in the first place, which is just so much blah blah blah blah Ginger to me.
Unfortunately, threats of violence against the institute weaken the valid case against this exhibit and their decision to legitimize it as artwork.
San Francisco Art Institute was founded in 1871 and you would think they'd know enough about art by now to recognize it -- and its shady imitators.