April 10, 2003

Enlightened Disorder

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In a small room on the second floor of the Johnson Museum of Art a student curated exhibit on 18th Century printmaking is packing together some wildly varied images and ideas: from reverence for Roman and enlightenment ideals to flights of whimsy and titillating eroticism.

As I circled the walls for the first time, my eye was delighted while my mind was boggled. Compare, for a moment, a print of two young Parisian ladies comparing their breasts in Jean-Fran