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For one assignment, the acclaimed professor asked students to photograph seven people they wanted to sleep with. For another, a female student was allegedly told to shoot 10 penises, while a male counterpart was asked to snap 10 vaginas. And why not start the assignment, the professor suggested, with each other?
Photographer Nicholas Nixon has long been known for his provocative classes at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. But even students awestruck by his piercing examinations of the human body and his best-known series of work, “The Brown Sisters,” were stunned when he asked them to analyze pictures of his own penis.
Holy Steve Levine!! What a scam artist!!! Is there nothing out there today that people can’t find a way to call “art?” Because this guy’s not even really trying anymore. He’s giving students pictures of his banana hammer and telling them to analyze it. He’s telling girls to walk around campus and take pictures of stray cock. And the gentlemen are to find 10 stench trenches and do the same. He’s basically telling his students to walk around sexually harassing people in the worst possible way.
But it’s OK because…..art.
But wait, there’s so much more that his former students are now saying….
Several people said Nixon, who as an employee of MassArt was paid with state tax dollars, asked them to pose partially or fully nude for him while they were his students. Others said his vulgar remarks in class were commonplace, such as the time he allegedly told a student, “You have an amazing ass.” While MassArt won’t comment on whether it has a policy about teachers asking students to pose nude, others in the field say it’s a bad idea in a school setting.
At least a handful of women received inappropriate e-mails from the professor. In one, he asked a former student who had posed nude for him whether she’d like to be “an old friend with a benefit.” Another woman said she received an e-mail from Nixon while she was a student in which the professor recounted an erotic dream he’d had about her.
“I remember him pointing to a self-portrait a classmate made, a portrait of her in her underwear bending over from behind, and he said, ‘Her pussy is right there,’ ” recalled one former student who graduated in 2006. “It felt like the conversation always led back to sex.”
“Nick had three or four students he really wanted to photograph shirtless,” Maliga said. “He brought them into an office individually, closed the door, and photographed them topless,” later showing some of the photos in class.
And then there were the formal assignments: “He would say, ‘Your assignment for the next week is to photograph seven people you want to sleep with,’ ” said Maliga, now a studio manager for the photo department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Through it all, Nixon would routinely seek to photograph his students, including Brittany Roberts, a 2014 graduate.
“No alarm bells went off,” said Roberts, who declined requests while in Nixon’s class.
Then came the e-mail: Nixon said he had something to tell her, Roberts recalled, but she had to promise not to tell anyone.
“He had a dream that we were kissing on a bed and I was enjoying it,” Roberts said. “He ended the e-mail with, ‘Isn’t that interesting, dot, dot, dot.’ ”
These people are delusional. They honestly see nothing wrong with this? This isn’t art. It’s just him taking advantage of his students, using his power, and building up material for the spank bank.
But yet he knew it was wrong too….
These missives, sent from Nixon’s private account, often contained a plea to delete them, five women told the Globe.
However, he’s got an excuse…..
“I encourage students to accept and use their sexuality [as] part of their putting the best they have into their work,” Nixon said in the e-mail, sent a week before his retirement in early March. “I have never hit on, touched or done anything personal.”
Translation – I’m gonna hide behind the liberal facade that any nudity is good nudity, because it’s gonna upset Newt Gingrich. And it’s OK because I’ve never actually sexually assaulted them. I just use the power I have over them to get them to take their clothes off and go around soliciting dick pics from strangers in the name of “art.”
Here’s one of his famous works of “art”:
That’s not art. It’s kids being forced to pose in their underpants. It’s sick and twisted and disgusting. You wanna make art? Draw a fruit basket.
But wait, women are claiming that he did try to touch them too:
Three women unaffiliated with the school said the photographer tried to initiate sexual contact during photo shoots, asking to kiss them while they were naked or partially nude and alone with him.
“He was taking photos of me lying back on the bed,” recalled Alison Criscitiello, who at the time was a PhD student at MIT. “He sat on the bed and asked if he could kiss me.”
All three of the women said Nixon was not physically aggressive and did not pursue them after they declined his advances.
Ya know how I can tell these people are telling the truth? They all used their real names. They weren’t afraid to cross their former teacher. Does he not realize that’s not OK to ask them in the first place? There’s a power structure in class. You control their grades. They look up to you. Under no circumstances is it ever OK to hit on your students, even in college.
Oh, and he’s not the only pervert on campus:
The imbroglio has ignited a roiling debate at MassArt over sexuality in the classroom. Another professor, experimental filmmaker Saul Levine, announced last week that he was being pushed out following student complaints about an in-class screening of a film featuring images of him having sex.
Jesus fuckstick. What is wrong with these people? No, you cannot show undergrads images of you invading your wife’s tampon tunnel with your womb broom. Where do you think you are – France? We have standards of decency in this country, and nobody wants to see your old ass plowing your wife like a bad noreaster. Just watch this video of him whining about “free speech” being censored on campus. The best part begins at around the 19:30 mark where he starts whining about how ashamed he is of Mass Art:
“This is an attack on academic freedom. You guys, you bastards!!! You fucked me up!!!! You slandered my work!! My work didn’t hurt anyone!!! FUCK YOU!!! YOU BASTARDS!!! You took away my artistic freedoms!! You drove me out of the school!! FUCK YOU!!! FUCK YOU!!! FUCK YOUUUU!!!!!
This man is clearly suffering from mental issues. Those are the rantings of a lunatic, hiding behind the facade of “art.” Art is the biggest scam that has ever been fed to us. It’s just a bunch of untalented hacks doing untalented shit, pretending it’s inspired, and putting a fancy bow on it.
Newsflash – you are NOT the victim here. The students who had to witness your unsolicited schmenzer are the victims. The fact that you can’t see that tells me everything I need to know about your “art.” This is not an attack on you. It’s an attack on sexual harassment. NOBODY WANTS TO YOU HIM HAVING SEX!!! You don’t have the right to force your students to see that. Da fuq is wrong with these people?
He shared this picture on Facebook too:
You’re a man forcing women to look at your genitals as they enter your wife. But please, tell me more about how you’re smashing sexism.
He’s also a big fan of ruthless communist dictators…
But it’s OK because….art.
And all these idiots are supporting him and turning HIM into the victim here:
These two pervatrons had power over these women because of their stature as photographers. Nixon especially is kind of a big deal. Any student who felt uncomfortable by sexually aggressive actions was put in a position where they had to stay silent and deal with seeing cock they didn’t ask to see, or speak out and risk the wrath of questioning a giant in the industry you’re hoping to enter.
This seems to happen a lot in photography. That community needs to start weeding these people out. Everyone knows about the Shrewsbury sex hous, but we also blogged last year about a photographer who was grabbing girl’s asses during photo sessions. This isn’t art. It’s men with power using that power to sexually harass and/or assault vulnerable women.
I will say, good for the Boston Globe for going after these creeps. Everyone knows they’re a left leaning newspaper, and artists like this are all left wingers. It’s not easy to go after your own kind, but sometimes the greater good becomes more important. And exposing these predators who are hiding behind the cloak of “academic freedom” and “artistic expression” need to be exposed, shamed, and called out for their shenanigans.