Thursday, April 21, 2011
Alternate blog post title: "Great moments in the history of the ruling class and their miserable sock puppet mascots vs. country class.
Drive behind the Geffen Contemporary, an art museum in downtown Los Angeles, and you will notice that it has painted over the graffiti scrawled on its back wall. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be surprising; the Geffen’s neighbors also maintain constant vigilance against graffiti vandalism. But beginning in April, the Geffen—a satellite of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art—will host what MOCA proudly bills as America’s first major museum survey of “street art,” a euphemism for graffiti. Graffiti, it turns out, is something that MOCA celebrates only on other people’s property, not on its own.
MOCA's (Museum of Contemporary Art) board of directors and patrons read like a who's-who of Los Angeles's power elite so the truly maddening and disgusting thing about this is that graffiti affects disproportionately the citizens in working-class and poor neighborhoods - the very people these elites claim to champion.
As one would expect, the concepts of property rights and anti-social behavior are rationalized by the benefactors (again, the soft bigotry of low expectations held by the liberal-Left rears its ugly head) and explained away in contradictory leftist tropes by the "artists" themselves who will, naturally, spring at the opportunity to turn a buck for their "art".
As ones who continue to struggle against the blight-inducing effects of graffiti in our own neighborhood, we find MOCAs celebration of graffiti to be insulting and enraging.