Retired small-business person
Is nudity legitimate in art? Nudity is a natural extension of creativity. Done tastefully, I see nothing wrong with it.
Is nudity legitimate in high-school art? Young people are very aware of their body. Expressing that awareness in artistic ways shouldn't be a problem as long as it's done tastefully.
Are morality and freedom of expression in conflict? They can be. We have a right to expression, but some people cross the line and push the envelope, whether through art or speech. The person doing the expression needs to be responsible. That might mean limitation.
How much does art influence behavior? It certainly doesn't influence mine very much.
Colorado College student
Is nudity legitimate in high-school art? Restricting expression is misguided, but many school systems disagree.
Does freedom of expression threatenmorality? Where one person sees beautiful expression, another sees immorality. Everybody has different morals, and somebody will always be trying to suppress some subject matter.
Should morality or freedom of expression take precedent in art? Freedom of expression. One of the great things about art is that two people looking at the same thing go away with different responses and interpretations.
To what extent does art influence personal behavior? That's impossible to say. A violent image can instruct the viewer to reject violence.
Is nudity legitimate in art? The human form has always been integral to art.
Is nudity legitimate in high-school art? It's inappropriate in any forum sponsored by the government, and that includes public schools.
What should be off-limits for high-school art? Nudity, any sort of political statement, art that's not beautiful. Anything intentionally blasphemous or ugly is not art and has no place in a public art show.
Are morality and freedom of expression at odds? b> Any freedom guaranteed in the Constitution is problematic when it impinges on the freedom of another. The government should never sponsor anything controversial.