June 11, 2013, - 1:39 pm
U of Chicago Chapel Removes Christian Pews to Accomodate Muslims; Pews Defiled for “Modern Art” Exhibit
I get that this chapel removed Christian pews because, after all, we must show our “tolerance” of Muslims–which means America and its Judeo-Christian heritage bending over for Islam with more flexibility and repetition than a gymnast nymphomaniac. But I just don’t get why this is exhibit is called “13th Ballad,” instead of the more appropriate, “12th Imam.” Oh, and by the way, despite Christian pews being defiled in a modern art exhibit, American Christians didn’t start a frenzy-filled, murderous rampage, engaging in mass killing of Muslims. Imagine that. We are actually civilized, as we roll over and allow the country to continue to be invaded and the cancer to continue to metastasize within.
Upon entering the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Kovler Atrium, audiences will find rows of pews from University of Chicago’s Bond Chapel. The pews were removed in order to provide Muslim students a place to pray. Above the pews hangs a large-scale double-cross sculpture filled with household items such as umbrellas, dented cans for non-perishables, and wine glasses.
The installation will be activated with performances throughout the summer by artist Theaster Gates. The installation is titled 13th Ballad and intertwines concepts and theories, a familiar practice for the Gates. Here we see the relationship between religion, migration and accumulation. Gates’ work intervenes and it is this intervention that serves not as another example of gentrification, but of the possibilities of art in the face of despair.
Think there will ever be a day when korans or Muslim prayer mats are turned into a “contemporary art” exhibit, complete with broken umbrellas and dented cans? Think again. That’s not the way the wind is blowing or will ever blow again in America’s future generations.
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