Regarding the student who, dressed as the pope, was naked from the waist down during a Carnegie Mellon University student parade: By her "symbolic" actions, Art Student Godiva (I omit the title "Lady") is really asphyxiating art by extinguishing all sense of the sacred. This sort of materialism severs all ties that furnish reasons to live: vertical ties uniting men to God, horizontal ties uniting men among themselves. What does give meaning to destiny? The vocation of art is to counter this trend altogether.
Since the Middle Ages, art has reflected the soul of society. In a world that's lost its soul, how can art survive? Art can only survive by combatting a society that has become rationalistic, trivial, illiterate, market-driven, workaholic. The three weapons of this controversial art are expression, imagination and dreams. I hope her art instructor did not advise her on this project.