Monday, June 10, 2013

Is the Nelson-Atkins going ghetto?

Review: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico, from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Is the Nelson-Atkins going ghetto?

By J. Randolph Swope

As has previously been noted both about the KC schools and the KC Ballet, it seems that the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is also going ghetto.  But before I even begin on the "Masterpieces of Modern Mexico," a few words about the Nelson in general.

The Nelson-Atkins has been in full decline for the past decade or so.  The canary in the coalmine was the building of the hideous new wing to the museum.  Whether the wing more resembles a cheap-looking shopping mall or a low-rent airport, I'll leave it to readers.  Regardless, this Walmart aesthetic disgraces the majesty of the original structure of the museum.

Now, on to the new Cultural Marxist exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins.  Yes, I use 'Cultural Marxist' because the motivation behind this exhibit is pure political correctness -- nothing more.  You know, it's all about diversity.

Of course, the last thing proponents of such diversity want is real diversity -- such as the recognition of human biodiversity.  Or the fact that Mexico is a dung-heap of a civilization.  Countless studies show that Mexicans aren't very bright people, and the cause of this lower average Mexican IQ is probably genetic.  But don't let this stop the Cultural Marxists from elevating mestizo artists alongside Michelangelo and Vermeer.

In short, such an exhibit, which appeals to Cultural Marxists, those without any class, or those with lower IQs, only demonstrates that, unfortunately, the Nelson-Atkins, once a great treasure of KC, is slowly going ghetto.