"> Name: Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Removes "Inappropriate" Exhibit

Date:  1985 - 1995

Location:  North America

SubjectExplicit Sexuality , Racial/Ethnic , Other

MediumMixed Media , Sculpture

Artist: Evan Levy

Confronting Bodies: Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Date of Action: 1994

Specific Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Description of Artwork: The piece, "POWer Boxes" consisted of several mixed media sculptures using children's toys and other found objects installed within circuit breaker boxes. One box had letter blocks spelling the word "KING" and had a large muscular male doll wearing a Coca-Cola label aNd holding a syringe.

Description of Incident: Evan Levy was involved in a program called Artist in ResiDence International, an artist exchange program. Artist in Residence arranged to display some of their artist's work in the Atlanta Chamber Of Commerce's new hallway gallery. Levy's work was chosen and installed, however afterwards was questioned for it's appropriateness by the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Beverly Losman, who had viewed slides of Levy's work prior to its installation. At night, Losman returned and removed two of Levy's works, claiming that they were not the ones that she had viewed.

Results of Incident: Losman's supervisor, Susan Neugent, ordered the entire exhibit removed.

Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack, 1995

Submitted By: NCAC

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