Insights is an educational group that consists of students who question
conventional thinking. On February 8, the Whitney Museum held an open
discussion February 8th with Youth Insights and the renowned and unconventional
artist Glenn Ligon. The audience consisted of students accompanied
with teachers. Several Youth Insight students ran the discussion with
Mr. Ligon. They presented an analysis of his work as well as a question
and answer session with the audience.
has taken excerpts from such legendary writings as James Baldwins
Stranger in a Village and Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man. has
often used his art to reflect on the harsh reality of slavery and
racial injustice. When asked why, he plainly answered that he sees
his art as a form of activism. He went on to add that it shouldnt
be so but this culture makes it so. Art to him is a strong way of
thinking, lifting things out"; it is his way of communication
and presenting ideas.
using the writings and works of authors and artist, can Mr. Ligon
be called the Puff Daddy of the art world! Does sampling
stories and pictures from other authors and artist, and then incorporating
them into your own work reflect that of the controversial music mogul?
Is his work original at all? Might it be a fabrication, used to pry
on the minds of open-minded moldable artist who will believe
and accept anything that appears to be new and hip?
I enjoy his art. The fact that he uses words as art is something
new. Morphing words into a picture is really original."
Through his work, Mr. Ligon has enabled people to use a whole new
portion of their brain and has opened our minds to a new artistic
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