Art DiFuria

Art Historian, Musician
Art DiFuria has written 7 posts for Today's Noise

Image Controversy in Salem: Pro-KKK or No-KKK and the Need to Read the Image

At Salem State University, a campus gallery has been shut down over the display of the following image. The painting appeared in a post-election exhibition called “State of the Union,” in which students were encouraged to make art expressing their thoughts and feelings in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory. Students were outraged by the … Continue reading

Dear Dreamers: Abandon Hope (Sanders Endorses Clinton)

The candidate who wins a presidential nomination in our current money-driven two-party system is the one who is most adept at manipulating that system, even if s/he has historically low favorability ratings, not the one whose principles play themselves out best with organizations who share the concerns of American middle-class voters. If you wanted Bernie … Continue reading

Police Brutality, Coffey Anderson, Richard Pryor, and Cell Phones: Has Anything Changed?

The kind of tragic violence the world witnessed last week in Louisiana and Minnesota is not new. The fact that it was filmed by privately owned hand held devices and broadcast across the world minutes after it happened is. In the aftermath of the tragic killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, country music singer … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton Not Indicted: the Turmoil to Come

The decision by the FBI and Department of Justice not to indict Hillary Clinton has likely ensured several years of exceptional internal turmoil for the United States, worse than we have had in the post-911 era. Putting partisan politics and questions of gender aside, Clinton should have been indicted. In addition to the raft of … Continue reading

OMG! Barry O Hates Art History! Or…The Liberal Arts and the Trades: Can’t We all Just Get Along?

If you’re an art historian like I am (you’re probably not, I know, but bear with me, please), you spent at least part of January 31st, 2014 watching your colleagues hyperventilate over these comments by the *most powerful man in the world.* Barack said: “A lot of parents, unfortunately, maybe when they saw a lot … Continue reading

Silence in the War on Women, Impasse as the New Model for Discourse, and the End of Imagination

“A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.” – Margaret Atwood. Margaret Atwood, the author of the Handmaid’s Tale – a story of a not too distant dystopia where men exert complete control over women’s reproductive cycles – knew … Continue reading

The Rich post-9-11 Cultural Neurosis in Tebow-mania

Now that Tim Tebow’s Broncos are out of the running, let’s take a deep breath and take stock in Tebow-mania.  The noise surrounding Tebow has been deafening.  The idea of Tim Tebow, the noise generated around the name, has even become much larger than Tebow himself. Depending on whom you ask, he is either a … Continue reading