A Sociologist Asks What Happens When Art Goes Academic

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Alyssa Schukar for The Chronicle

Lori Felker, a faculty member in the U. of Illinois at Chicago’s M.F.A. program, offers a critique of "Into the Abyss," a sculpture by David Bodhi Boylan.

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Alyssa Schukar for The Chronicle

Lori Felker, a faculty member in the U. of Illinois at Chicago’s M.F.A. program, offers a critique of "Into the Abyss," a sculpture by David Bodhi Boylan.

Several dozen students and professors gather around an artist and his latest creation. The sculpture: "Into the Abyss," a six-foot wooden maze that resembles a digestive tract. The artist: David Bodhi Boylan, an M.F.A. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mr. Boylan listens, chin in hand, as the crowd plunges into a 45-minute critique of his "Abyss."

"I’d like to hear you speak a little bit more about this notion of expectations," says one