National Endowment for the Arts Indeed!

  • This week, a massive sculpture honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. was erected in Boston. Literally.
  • Inspired by an old snapshot of Dr. King hugging his long-suffering wife, the $10 million dollar bronze behemoth depicts two pairs of disembodied, headless, faceless, bodiless arms, hugging nothing.
  • As with so much public art—or shall we say, pubic art—these days, “The Embrace” is obscenely, even pornographically, suggestive from almost every angle. It’s unclear if this was done intentionally.
  • Perhaps it’s a nod to Dr. King’s not-quite-I-have-a-dreamy history with women.