"> Name: Painting of nude woman on a cross is banned from a Honolulu art exhibit; ACLU sues the city claiming the artist was unfairly censored

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectNudity , Religious


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Artist: Hawaiian artist Daria Fand. (Pictured above holding her controversial painting titled "The Last of the Believers").

Confronting Bodies: The city of Honolulu; Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris; the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts

Date of Action: 2001

Specific Location: Honolulu, Hawaii USA

Description of Artwork: The painting in question is “The Last of the Believers” by the Hawaiian artist Daria Fant Reminiscent of Jesus nailed to the cross Fant’s controversial painting depicts an entirely nude woman nailed to a cross. Fand said those who see her painting can draw their own ideas about what the oil-on-canvas painting means. The artist says, "I think in general, I could say that I'm trying to call attention to the sacrifice that women often make in relationships, their families or in their jobs and often feel a sense of martyrdom".

Description of Incident: A local of Honolulu, Daria Fand’s painting, “The Last of the Believes” was supposed to be a part of the city’s Women of Art exhibit at Honolulu Hale in March 2001; but, at the last minute, the painting depicting a nude woman was banned from the show. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts found the piece to be too controversial and religiously offensive.

Results of Incident: The ACLU took action, filling a lawsuit against the city stating Fand’s painting was wrongly barred from display. One of the secondary goals of the lawsuit, says local ACLU director Brent White, is to "prevent future censorship by this city at future art shows."

Source: StarBulletin.com : http://starbulletin.com/2001/08/15/news/story7.html

Submitted By: NCAC

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