Artist: Chicago artist Dick Detzner|
Confronting Bodies: Some Chicago Athenaeum Museum visitors
Date of Action: 2000-2002
Specific Location: Chicago, Illinois USA
Description of Artwork: Dick Detznerﾒs ﾓThe Last Pancake Breakfastﾔ (pictured above) is a painting in which advertising icons ranging from Tony the Tiger to Aunt Jemima replace the figures in Leonardo da Vinciﾒs masterwork, ﾓLast Supperﾔ. The controversial painting features a bottle of Mrs. Butterworthﾒs pancake syrup as Jesus at the center of the table flanked by Kellogg Rice Crispeﾒs ﾓSnap, Crackle and Pop,ﾔ ﾓCapﾒn Crunchﾔ, ﾓTrix the Rabitﾔ, the Fruit Loopﾒs ﾓToucan Samﾔ, the colonial Quaker Oatmeal man and the other symbols as the Apostles. Dick Detzner writes, "I conceived the idea for "The Last Pancake Breakfast" as a continuation of a series I had been working on for years, called "Corporate Sacrilege".
Artist: Copia - Napa Valley's food, wine and arts museum. Specifically, the Spanish artist Antoni Miralda; pictured above.|
Confronting Bodies: The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Date of Action: 2002-2003
Specific Location: San Francisco and Napa Valley, CA USA
Description of Artwork: . Copia, Napa Valleyﾒs food, wine and arts museum put up an exhibition titled "Active Ingredients," which runs through April 22, 2003. The exhibit features specially commissioned food-related works by seven contemporary artists. Antoni Miralda, a Catalonian artist based in Miami, filled 11 refrigerated soda cases with found objects as part of his continuing project "Food Culture Museum." Among the objects are 35 figurines, each about the size of a chess piece, of different characters sitting on potties (among them several nuns, the pope, Fidel Castro, and Santa Claus). These figures are called "caganers" and are part of a Catalonian peasant tradition.
Artist: Ken Robbins ﾖ author and illustrator of more than 25 popular childrenﾒs books|
Confronting Bodies: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (S&S BFYR)
Date of Action: 2004-2006
Specific Location: New York, NY USA
Description of Artwork: The piece in question is a photograph of a child dressed as a witch for Halloween from Ken Robbins picture-book entitled ﾓPumpkinsﾔ. (Above is a picture of the cover of the book)
Artist: Shelton Brothers Brewers/ Daniel Shelton, a specialty beer distributor|
Confronting Bodies: Maine government officials
Date of Action: 2006
Specific Location: Portland, Maine USA
Description of Artwork: The label, intended to go on Shelton Brothers Brewers new beer they call ﾓSantaﾒs Butt Winter Porterﾔ, features Santaﾒs fully-clothed derriere perched atop a barrel (or ﾓbuttﾔ) of beer. (Above is a close up of the label). In addition to ﾓSantaﾒs Buttﾔ, at question were ﾓLes Sans Culottesﾔ, featuring Delacroixﾒs classic painting ﾓLiberty Leading the Peopleﾔ, and ﾓRose de Gambrinusﾔ, featuring a watercolor painting of the king of Flanders sitting with a bare-breasted woman.
Artist: Blake Dews - Troy University art student|
Confronting Bodies: Troy University administration
Date of Action: 2003-2005
Specific Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Description of Artwork: Blake Dewsﾒ photographs include both male and female nudity. Some of the photographs most controversial displayed male full frontal nudity. Dewsﾒ work contained nude photographs of males and females, but they were not pictured together nor were they engaged in sexual act or simulating one.
Artist: Jef Bourgeau - Detroit artist|
Confronting Bodies: City officials in Pontiac, Michigan
Date of Action: 2000
Specific Location: Pontiac, Michigan USA
Description of Artwork: Pieces from Detroit artist Jef Bourgeauﾒs exhibit titled ﾓArt Until Nowﾔ including reproductions of paintings and photographs of nudes.
Artist: Artists in the art show titled "Pr￩sum￩s InnocentsﾗL'Art Contemporain et l'Enfance" (Presumed InnocentﾗContemporary Art and Childhood). Artists in the exhibit include: Robert Mapplethorpe, Christian Boltanski, Elke Krystufek, Ugo Rondinone, Annette Messag|
Confronting Bodies: La Mouette - a children's protection organization; Bordeaux officials/government
Date of Action: June 2000 - the present (January 2007)
Specific Location: Bordeaux, France
Description of Artwork: The issue surrounding the art exhibit focuses mainly on two artists: Elke Krystufek's installation The Tunnel, which shows the artist masturbating, and drawings by Ugo Rondinone.
Artist: Polixeni Papapetrou - artist|
Confronting Bodies: Gosford City Council; Gosford Regional Art Gallery
Date of Action: January 2007
Specific Location: Sydney, Australia
Description of Artwork: The photos were taken by artist Polixeni Papapetrou of her seven-year-old daughter in suggestive poses, wearing just her grandmother's jewelry. They were part of a traveling exhibition rejected by the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery.
Artist: Bill Paul|
Confronting Bodies: The Christian Coalition; various U.S. politicians
Date of Action: 1991
Specific Location: Florida
Description of Artwork: In February 1991 an instillation of Bill Paulﾒs work appeared in the art gallery at Valencia Community College in Florida. In this exhibit, Paul wanted to represent the parallels he saw between the politics of AIDS and the genocide of Jews in Nazi Germany. His Valencia exhibit dealt with difficult topics ﾖ male nudity, death, manﾒs inhumanity to man. One piece featured an old suitcase stuffed with phallic shapes, covered in tar and piled to suggest bodies stacked up in the German concentration camps. Another of Paulﾒs works exhibited was a tribute to a man who had committed suicide, and died alone with no one to claim his ashes. Paul decided to give his remains a home. He put the ashes in an old jar and scattered broken glass beneath them as a reference to kristallnacht, the infamous ﾓnight of broken glass,ﾔ when Naziﾒs smashed synagogue windows and stores in Jewish neighborhoods. Thinking the man might have been thinking about religion before he committed suicide, Paulﾒs tribute also included a set of photos of a nude Christ figure with a crown of thorns.
Artist: Barbara Jo Revelle (pictured above) - artist, muralist and chairwoman of the art department at the University of Florida|
Confronting Bodies: Officials/administrators at the Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Fla.
Date of Action: January 1998
Specific Location: Bradenton, Flordia USA
Description of Artwork: Barbara Jo Revelleﾒs 26-foot mural includes political images of U.S. involvement in Iran and Nicaragua and digitally enhanced photographs of male and female genitalia ﾖ as an ﾓunfolding argument against censorshipﾔ.
Artist: various artists taking part in the "Sex is Art" exhibit in Anville, Pa|
Confronting Bodies: Al Yingst, the Chairman of the Township Board of Commissioners in Anville, Pa.; various town officials in Anville, Pa.
Date of Action: August-September 1997
Specific Location: Anville, Pennsylvania USA
Description of Artwork: The artwork intended to be exhibited in the "Sex is Art" show in Anville, Pa varied. Approximately 30 artists representing 150-200 pieces of work including paintings, drawings, mixed-media, photography and sculpture as well as about a dozen performance artists presenting music and poetry pieces were expected to show their work at the ﾓSex is Artﾔ exhibit. Although sex was the theme of the show it was not expected that any of the exhibited art would be sexually graphic and the photographers in particular had agreed not to depict sex acts.
Artist: Jenny Root - senior graphic design major at Auburn University|
Confronting Bodies: Auburn University administration
Date of Action: April 1998
Specific Location: Auburn, Georgia USA
Description of Artwork: In 1998, Jenny Root, a senior graphic design major at Auburn University created a two-part sculpture titled ﾓMother/Fatherﾔ which she intended to have exhibited in the university-wide juried art show to be shown at Foy Gallery in the Student Union building. In the ﾓmotherﾔ element of Rootﾒs two-part sculpture, white-colored fluid is pumped up through vinyl tubing through the breasts of a latex female torso. In the ﾓfatherﾔ element, fluid is pumped up into a latex male genital area and out through the penis-like appendage. The two elements are situated approximately 10 feet apart. Root claims that the intention of her piece of artwork was to bring up the need to accept and love our bodies and its functioning as beautiful and not something to fear or hide. A written artistﾒs statement of such was intended to be displayed with the work.
Artist: muralist, Deborah Masters|
Confronting Bodies: The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights; Kennedy International Airport
Date of Action: April 2001
Specific Location: Kennedy International Airport - New York, USA
Description of Artwork: Deborah Mastersﾒ 300-foot-long mixed-media mural depicting New York street life resides in Terminal 4 of Kennedy International Airport. Part of the large mural, which was privately financed, is an 8-by-10-foot relief depicting a store selling religious items. Included in this 8-by10-foot section of the mural was a 12-inch sculpture of Jesus on the cross, naked.
Artist: Theo van Gogh (pictured above after being murdered) - Dutch film director, television producer, publicist and actor. He was also a descendant of the brother of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh|
Confronting Bodies: Moroccan Islamists; Dutch Hofstad Network; Mohammed Bouyeri
Date of Action: November 2, 2004
Specific Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Description of Artwork: Working from a script written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, van Gogh created the 10-minute movie ﾓSubmissionﾔ. The movie deals with the topic of violence against women in Islamic societies; telling the stories of four abused Muslim women. The title itself, "Submission", is the translation of the word "Islam" in English. In the film, the women's naked bodies are veiled with semi-transparent shrouds as they kneel in prayer, telling their stories as if they are speaking to Allah. Qur'anic verses unfavorable to women are painted on their bodies in Arabic.
Artist: Manal Manea, a female preacher|
Confronting Bodies: Government of Egypt; Egyptian Islamists
Date of Action: 2001
Specific Location: Egypt
Description of Artwork: Manal Manea preached openly about her anti-Islam views. She spoke of the fact that she did not believe in Islam, preached atheism and promoted secular thought.