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Bill Straub: Art and history, statues and reality — removing any offending art does not change the past

A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid to view Picasso’s Guernica, one of the most amazing and unsettling works of art imaginable. It depicts the April 1937 bombing of the Basque city of Guernica by the Nazis at the request of the Nationalists, led by Generalissimo Francisco Franco, during the Spanish Civil War. The painting, in stark black and white and greys,...

Memorial Hall mural gives us a chance to heal wounds, gain a broader perspective

By Eli Capilouto President, University of Kentucky Editor’s note: UK President Eli Capilouto announced recently that the mural in the atrium of Memorial Hall will be covered up because of its depictions of slavery. This is a post from Capilouto’s blog. The mural in the atrium of Memorial Hall at the University of Kentucky is an artistic presentation of contrasts and contradictions. A product...