An exhibition that has been touring the country for 25 years is creating controversy and protests in the south... at locations where it was perfectly acceptable just a few short years ago. The age-old debate of nude art versus pornography has resurfaced. Frank Cordelle's powerful exhibition "The Century Project" combines stunning nude portraits with personal statements "describing instances of rape, debilitating illness, disfiguring surgeries, distorted social expectations, as well as reflections of humor and joy." It is a journey into the soul of women of all ages, all shapes, all ethnicities.
The imagery, as well as the notes from the women themselves are powerful and moving. Excellent art should make you think... should create a response that causes the viewer to engage the brain cells and take a fresh new look at themselves and the world. Art ain't just about painting pretty pictures. According to the website, one of the project’s goals is to "effect change in societal attitudes towards women’s bodies."
But puritanical attitudes regarding nudity in art are inciting protests and not a little foaming at the mouth hatred. The exhibition will be displayed for the first time without the images of nude children (everyone burn your Anne Geddes baby nudes) that are a part of the show. "T