Michael D'Antuono's Art And Response

1 Painting Causes 4 Controversies

January 4th, 2018

 

How much impact on can one piece of art have? Primarily through news clips, this video explores several controversies across the country in response to Michael D’Antuono’s provocative painting depicting the rampant racism that’s deeply embedded in our criminal justice system, “A Tale of Two Hoodies.” The video covers eBay’s banning of the piece when the artist attempted to auction it to benefit the Trayvon Martin Foundation in response to eBay allowing George Zimmerman’s to auction his painting for $100,000. The video also covers the firing of an Arizona high school social studies teacher over her including the piece in a final exam. Then the video takes us to Kentucky and Colorado where students were bullied to remove their homages to D’Antuono’s piece from public exhibition.

Diversity Rally

May 17th, 2017

Black InJustice America (Trailer)

August 9th, 2016

Land of the free? Justice for all? Michael D’Antuono’s short film offers a different perspective, exposing the the deep-rooted racism permeating the criminal justice system in 21st century America. This aim of this film is to elicit enough empathy, outrage and shame to inspire us as a nation to live up to that pledge. The film includes frank interviews with Russell Simmons, Corey Booker, Van Jones, Michael Steele and other notable African Americans concerning their experiences growing up black in America.  (more…)

Brightbart

April 5th, 2016

DPS student asks that her controversial artwork be taken down

April 5th, 2016

A painting, by a tenth grader at the Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, sparks outrage with her work that depicts a police officer wearing a KKK hood. VIA: The Denver Post

High School Teacher May Get Fired For Showing Students Controversial Image

January 12th, 2016

This is a news video about how parents overreacted to a high school teacher in Nevada using my painting, “A Tale Of Two Hoodies” to inspire critical thought. The teacher has been put on suspension and may lose her job. Students have rallied in teacher’s support.

For a recent final exam, Nevada high school teacher Elizabeth Clausen showed her students this provocative painting by artist Michael D’Antuono and asked them to use critical thinking skills to form an opinion about how the art represents American society and our country’s history. A handful of parents were outraged and now Clausen is on temporary leave and may lose her job. Some of her students are quite upset about it: (more…)