Name: Military Recruiting Center Influences Sculpture's Removal

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America



Artist: Richard Hallier

Confronting Bodies: Military recruitment office staff and concerned parents

Date of Action: 1995

Specific Location: Hartford, Connecticut

Description of Artwork: Hallier's, The Pose, is a life-sized bronze sculpture of a woman in a stringy black dress sitting on a bar stool with one breast and her genitals exposed.

Description of Incident: The Artworks Gallery, Inc., invited Hallier to exhibit his sculpture in the lobby outside of the organization's gallery, which they share with an Army and Air Force recruiting center. Parents of enlistees requested that the recruiters cover or remove the sculpture. A senior military official contacted Judith Green, the executive director of the Artworks Gallery, and demanded that she remove the piece.

Results of Incident: Green and the Connecticut Sculptors' Guild director, Arnold Austad, insisted that the piece stay until the end of its exhibit. Since complaints continued, Green and Austad moved the sculpture to a basement cafe.

Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack, 1996

Submitted By: NCAC

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