Saturday, November 19, 2005
A new art exhibition opened at the South Street Seaport Thursday to some controversy. Art needs to be controversial in order to be, well, art, and this exhibition is no exception.
“Bodies” showcases human anatomy. Big deal, you say? Didn’t, like, Cro-Magnon cave painters do that 20,000 years ago? Well, this exhibition does it in a unique way -- by using real freaking dead bodies!
Oh my God!
Okay, It’s not totally exploitative. Some people are taking their kids to see this so they can show them exactly what a liver looks like when you drink too much or what your lungs look like when you have lung cancer.
Twenty-two full bodies and 260 organs were brought from China to create this exhibition. The organizers claim that the cadavers and organs are all from unclaimed or unidentified people, but it occurs to me that if they had said they used the bodies of Americans to create their displays, there would’ve been a HUGE public relations problem, right?
But posing dead Chinese men and women (babies too!) is okay.