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  •  Just want to be clear (3+ / 0-)
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    I don't agree with this "opera such an absurd excuse for an art form"

    I adore the art form of opera. What I don't adore is focusing on the morality of Russian artists right now, when the Met's biggest donors are engaged in truly horrifying and inhumane activity in the financial and energy sectors.

    "Today is who you are" - my wife

    by I Lurked For Years on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:53:12 AM PDT

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    •  Philanthropy cleanses. (4+ / 0-)

      I hope you don't spend much time at the Frick if you feel that way about the Met's donors

      Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall

      by Dave in Northridge on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:58:05 AM PDT

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      •  I don't know if it "cleanses" (0+ / 0-)

        as much as it "launders."

        Throughout history, art was made for the entertainment (and usually the legitimation) of usually distasteful elites.  The notion of art in the service of and expressive of striving humanity is, in the case of music, a fiction more or less invented by Beethoven and -- I'll grant Taruskin this much -- pretty much trashed for good by the modernists.  Still, good art does us a favor (or at least we imagine it does) by transcending the circumstances of its creation: I hold Holy Mother Church for an entity of almost unmitigated evil, but much of her artwork ennobling (perhaps not the best choice of words?).  

        Still, what do we owe the Koch Brothers in return for their money?  Pocketing it, and then thumbing our noses at them, feels really good, but we've all been taught to regard such behavior as déclassé if not dishonest -- meretricious (I use that word advisedly) even.

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 08:14:01 AM PDT

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      •  So you extend more forgiveness (1+ / 0-)
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        to the patrons than to the artists themselves who are not engaged in nearly as cruel behavior??

        "Today is who you are" - my wife

        by I Lurked For Years on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 08:25:08 AM PDT

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    •  Oh, I know you don't. (1+ / 0-)
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      Myself, I always found it to be the combination of second-rate music and zillionth-rate drama (ignoring the baroque, of course, whose endless stream of da capo set pieces don't correspond to drama in any sense I can identify with) . . . with a couple of exceptions.  Wozzeck, for instance.

      But this is art: de gustibus etc.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 08:04:50 AM PDT

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