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November, 2018, Longmont Colorado. Lys Anzia was in the process of opening the TRACE Art Center when, after much expense and negotiation with her landlord she told him she’d be holding figure drawing classes in the school (as all serious art schools do). Her landlord immediately changed the lease, including clauses about the model not being seen (does he think the model will be posing in the window?) and requiring her to learn the laws of pornography in the state of CO before she opened, among other things.

What is the matter with some people? Granted, a landlord needs to protect himself, but since when are figure drawing classes pornographic?

“Michelangelo!”
“The Sistine Chapel, dude. We have a PROBLEM.”

What has happened to America (because this issue does not arise in any other country) that the very thought of a nude human figure is equated with obscenity and pornography?

How backward. How provincial. How utterly moronic.

For those who don’t know why artists study the human form:

  1. It’s very beautiful
  2. We need to study the musculature of the human form if we have any hope of putting natural looking people in our work. We need to see the weight, how the muscles move and re-form depending on where the weight is, the line of tendon, bone and muscle… how the joints work (tendons stand out or disappear depending on whether a joint is flexed or at rest, changing the line of the body.) It’s an ongoing study.
  3. It was a lot easier to get a fellow human to sit still than, say, a horse (in the days before cameras)  …so if we wanted to draw living things…
    Keep in mind figure drawing has been around for millennium.

Imagine going for surgery and you have to sign release waivers, and both you and your doctor are required to learn the laws of pornography in your state before the doctor can operate.

What I find the most galling is that this puritanical thinking from a certain group of Americans is being shoved down artists’ throats. MY mind doesn’t go diving in the gutter when I see a nude body. Obviously some peoples’ minds do.
Please keep your putrid thoughts out of my art classes.

God knows what they do when they take a shower… are they reviewing the laws of porn before they take off their clothes? What about bathing the baby? Uh oh, kiddie porn! Shocking that every single person on the planet ‘commits porn’ EVERY DAY when they change their clothes.

Maybe someday Middle America will grow up. I’m not holding my breath, tho.

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