Art Criticism in Lubbock, Texas

Art Criticism in Lubbock, Texas

The Lone Star State’s authoritative aesthetic arbiters, the Young Conservatives of Texas, are protesting a sculpture on the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock. They have mounted an instantaneous online petition a mere six years after the artwork was installed.

YCT says the work, “Tornado of Ideas” by Tom Otterness, commits sacrilege against the Masked Rider, a revered Texas Tech idol, depicting Him using a javelin to commit gross indecencies on a police officer. The work is also said to show two lesbians actually sitting together.

Members of the Texas Tech chapter of Young Conservatives obviously cut their 1000 Level Psych class covering Rorschach Tests. Young Conservatives: phone the Tech Student Counseling Center (806-742-3674) for appointments. Operators are standing by. 


“Young Conservatives Protest A Texas Tech Sculpture Featuring Lesbians, Commies,” Richard Connelly, Houston Press blog. 

“Conservative Students Protest Controversial Art at Texas Tech,” Shawn Williams, Dallas South

Hat tip: Inside Higher Ed.

Image (“Texas Tech Masked Rider at Pontoise, after Camille Pissarro”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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