Ivy League school has refused to comment about message displayed its art school’s windows. May 9
A new arts center located in Upper Manhattan and funded by the Ivy League’s Columbia University recently posted a blasphemous message on its front windows.
In bold letters, the message read (emphasis theirs):
“GOD HATES GUNS/LOVES GAY PORN”
The message appeared at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, formerly known as the Columbia University School of the Arts. Another statement painted on the windows espoused a goal of a “just and equitable” and “anti-capitalist” landscape “here and now.”
The Columbia University website describes the Lenfest Center as “a dynamic new hub for cultural and civic exchange in Upper Manhattan” that features “four flexible venues” and a public plaza for the presentation of “contemporary art” across multiple disciplines. The center’s goal, also according to the website is to “strengthen local partnerships while highlighting contemporary scholarship, global perspectives, and compelling voices of our time.”
The dean of the School of Arts, Carol Becker, also said:
“Our goal is to create a welcoming venue where every space can be activated by the work of students, faculty and guest artists in film, theatre, writing and visual arts, opening our doors to new collaborations both across the University and our community, fostering connections to the always vibrant art scene in Harlem and beyond.”
The Lenfest Center is currently hosting exhibitions of masters of fine arts students’ thesis works in both visual and sound arts. It’s not immediately clear how either of those would dovetail into a message of blasphemy against God and officials at Columbia have been silent about the matter.
The annual Columbia University Film Festival is also scheduled to begin Thursday at the Lenfest Center.
The other day. I'm in my kitchen and looking out my kitchen window I see these two young guys pull up on bicycles. Clean cut guys, white shirts, ties, young, carrying what looks like brochures in their bicycle baskets. They get off their bikes and head towards my front door. I'm thinking oh no, here we go again. Mormon or Jehovah witnesses. I can't tell them apart. Either way self righteous punks who haven't experienced anything in life are going to come lecture me on my own property. I contemplate whether to be nice or to tell them what I really think about their stupid religion or whether to just not answer the door. Quickly enough, they walk up to the door and ring my bell. I answer. Without saying anything, one of the guys looks me right in the eyes and smiles and hands me his brochure. I take it, looking at it. It has some symbols on the front but no language. Intriguing. So I open it. Inside it's two blank pages. Just nothing there. I look up saying “what the hell! This thing is blank!” The guy who handed it to me says "We know. We're atheists spreading the good news."