Tired of art exhibitions where you see madonnas constructed from elephant dung or crucifixes suspended in jars of urine? If you're in Salt Lake City, you're in luck. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through their Church History Museum, is sponsoring an exhibition of artwork from the LDS 8th International Art Competition.
The artwork by LDS artists will be on display at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City from now until October 11th, 2009. Unfortunately, the exhibit will be temporarily shut down on April 4-5, so attendees at the upcoming 179th Annual General Conference will not be able to view the art before and after the conference sessions.
The 2009 exhibit features 197 works selected from 1,089 entries representing a worldwide range of cultural traditions, styles and media. Artists from 44 countries submitted entries based on the theme: "Remembering the Great Things of God". Real art, NOT degenerate art.
"Art is a great bridge", said Ray Halls, exhibit manager. "We might speak different languages and live in different cultures, but this type of artistic expression shows we're really more alike than different. We're all brothers and sisters".
Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed April 4-5 for general conference. While not required, tour reservations can be made by calling 801-240-4615. The general information number is 801-240-3310. The exhibit can also be viewed on the Internet HERE.
Rest assured there won't be degenerate art at an LDS art exhibition. The spread of degenerate art has contributed to the coarsening of our culture and the reduction to the lowest common cultural denominator in this society. Every time we turn around, we're outraged by some new assault upon decency in the name of art. Yet we do nothing - except write letters to the editor, perhaps even refuse to patronize it. But it continues nonetheless.
There's only one way to stop the spread of degenerate art in its tracks - through direct action. Back in October 2007, a group of Swedish nationalists gave us a lesson on how to do it. In their hometown, they were confronted by an exhibition by notorious shock-artist Andres Serrano (infamous for his Piss-Christ depiction) entitled "The History of Sex". When appeals to reason failed, they went into action. Watch the results on this LiveLeak video.
Accompanying media story HERE. The exhibition was made up of explicit photos of deviant sexual acts, among others of a white woman masturbating a horse, a woman peeing in the face of a white man, a woman putting her whole fist up a white man's anal, and of a white man kneeling and performing oral sex on a black man. What is worse, parents were encouraged to take their children to the exhibition to make them less prejudice and to learn about "alternative manifestations of love". Consummate filth and perversion.
The bottom line - if we've got to share this world with devils, maybe we ought to put them to work for us once in a while. Brigham Young once said, "We have the meanest devils on the earth in our midst, and we intend to keep them, for we have use for them; and if the Devil does not look sharp, we will cheat him out of them at the last, for they will reform and go to heaven with us". (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 176)
Brigham Young - my kind of prophet.