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Great art and a difficult problem

July 15, 2006

WPA murals are a fabulous window into American art and culture of the time.  They adorn post offices, hospitals, high schools – public buildings all over the country.  Some of them contain messages everyone can agree on, but the one at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. is a tough pill to swallow.  Even if white/Indian relations were not a political sore spot, a Guernica-style massacre is hardly the decoration one might want in a government office.

So, waddya think?  Leave it up?  Knock it down?.  Wouldn’t that be revisionist history?  Or…
(from ***Dave)

Categories: Geeky, History
  1. snappy
    July 15, 2006 at 20:12 | #1

    I say leave it up.  put a brass plate explaining how things were and the reason behind the “art”  let the viewer make up his/her own mind.  assuming the future Americans can still do that.  If we take away everything they won’t be.

  2. July 16, 2006 at 11:22 | #2

    I think it should be left up, especially if it’s true to what things were really like back then.

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