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Scandalous College Art Projects

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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ART IS ANYTHING YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH Whatever, they didn't hire me for my Photoshop abilities By now, you've no doubt heard about the senior art project of Aliza Shvarts, the Yale student who attempted to "spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body" by artificially inseminating herself a bunch of times, taking herbal drugs to induce a bunch of miscarriages, and then smearing "blood mixed with Vaseline" over a bunch of suspended cubes and calling it "art." Reaction, predictably, has thus far ranged from "no comment" (the Reproductive Rights Action League of Yale) to "this is an act of absurdism" (a classmate), to a whole bunch of "ewwwwws" (everyone I passed the story onto.)

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Shvarts' project, while vile, has definitely gotten a lot of people talking, which we suppose was the intended goal. But just how controversial is it in the pantheon of "controversial college art projects"? We take a quick look back and rate recent collegiate attempts to facilitate "dialog" via "art" on a 1 to 10 "Scandal Scale."

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