"> Name: California Community Theater Group Removes Painting

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America



Artist: Alexandria Jackson

Confronting Bodies: Willets Community Theater board members.

Date of Action: 1995

Specific Location: Willets, California

Description of Artwork: "Snapshots" is an exhibit of several paintings of the artist in various nude positions. One painting shows Jackson seated on a bench with her legs apart, her bleeding genitals exposed and her body covered with sores. A vertical incision is stapled together over her heart.

Description of Incident: "Art Daze" is a one day event sponsored by the Willets Community Theater. The event coordinator, Connie Vodika, invited Jackson to exhibit her work. When the board's chairperson viewed Jackson's work she ordered it removed suggesting that it was inappropriate for the family oriented event.

Results of Incident: Jackson wrote a letter to the ACLU who advised the theater group to establish a review policy for future events.

Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack, 1996

Submitted By: NCAC

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