Sunday, February 10, 2008

Bodies Exhibit Crosses a Line

Some of you may be unfamiliar with a current exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center called Bodies. Our paper had a very good column about it today. The exhibit displays skinless corpses (real ones) encased in plastic, or various parts of corpses. It is both graphic and immoral, catering to our culture's voyeurism and disregard for life in the name of education (the highest attendance for any exhibit on record at the museum! $$$). These bodies are mostly, if not all, clearly Asian in origin, coming from China, and no permission was given for the use of their bodies in this manner.

Bronson, the author of the column, wonders what the public outcry would be like if the bodies came from the many unclaimed dead in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also notes that the exhibit was too much for even liberal San Francisco and Amsterdam. Makes you wonder...

5 comments:

Stephen said...

A similar exhibit called Body Worlds was recently in Charlotte at Discovery Place, a museum mostly geared toward children.

The media has responded much more warmly to these plastinated corpse exhibits than they did to the opening of the Creation Museum. Yet another sad commentary on our perverse society.

Philip said...

It's particularly sad that the exhibit is advertised to children, considering the extremely graphic nature of some of the "parts" on display.

todd said...

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDING - I just wouldn't be certain of the suggested "educational" value of this exhibts (dripping sarcasm)

Given the right context and audience you could certainly discuss and study any human "part" from an informative standpoint. There are legimate contexts for this. However, to cut up a dead body and and publicly display it as such is crossing a plainly drawn line.

I mean - COME ON -- even if someone consented -- If I took their dead body, cut it up and and kept the head and torso in a fish tank in my study am I within reason for doing so????

This isn't even a border issue -- it's necromancy, an immoral slasher film, and utter disrespect on display.

todd said...

20/20 is gonna do a story on this Friday evening

Philip said...

I saw the 20/20 preview tonight. It looks like they may do a bit of digging...