I, too, am unsure of her point. Perhaps once she gets graded and graduates she will explain things more thoroughly.
I’m pretty sure if it leaked out that a Yale science student was impregnating herself, then inducing miscarriages to use the fetal mater in scientific experiments there would be a pretty swift and decisive ruling. So why all the ambiguity around the art student?
Well, Yale did say that if she had really done what she claimed, then they would have shut down her project for being physically and mentally damaging. But now that she seems intent on pushing ahead with her “performance art”, Yale seems to be taking a harder line:
[quote=Yale Office of Public Affairs]Today the Yale student newspaper published an op-ed by Ms. Shvarts in which she contradicted what she said yesterday to the Deans and Master. However, in conversations today with university officials, she reiterated what she had told the administrators yesterday.”
Statement by Dean of the Yale School of Art Robert Storr:
The Dean of the Yale School of Art Robert Storr stated, “ If I had known about this, I would not have permitted it to go forward. This is not an acceptable project in a community where the consequences go beyond the individual who initiates the project and may even endanger that individual. Yale has a profound commitment to freedom of expression, and I personally am committed to a women’s right to choose. That said, Yale does not encourage or condone projects that would involve unknown health risks to the student. Nor does it believe that open discourse and inquiry can exist in an educational and creative community when an individual exercises these rights but evades full intellectual accountability for the strong response he or she may provoke.”
Statement by Dean of Yale College Peter Salovey:
The Dean of Yale College Peter Salovey stated, “I am appalled. This piece of performance art as reported in the press bears no relation to what I consider appropriate for an undergraduate senior project. The Dean of the School of Art and I are reassessing what constitutes an appropriate senior art project and the manner in which those projects are mentored.”
And when did art cease at least STRIVING to contain Beauty?
erm… I dunno. Perhaps the cubism movement of the early 20th century?