What Should We Do with the Works of Immoral Artists?

Detail from Paul Gauguin’s Self-Portrait with Hat (1893).

Whether music, fiction, or film, art plays an important role in our lives. But how do we deal with artists whose actions make us cringe?

“Drawing the Line,” a public conversation between Erich Hatala Matthes and Tom Rankin at the Duke Coffeehouse on February 6, explored this and other questions.

Why should we care about morality in art, anyway? Why not just appreciate the art and separate it from the artist?

Matthes believes that in some cases, “to not engage with the moral dimensions of a work would be to not take the work seriously.”

Read more on the Duke Research Blog.