"> Name: Massachusetts Gallery Owner Hides Piece for 3 Months

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectExplicit Sexuality , Sexual/Gender Orientation

MediumMixed Media , Sculpture

Artist: Alfred Olschewski

Confronting Bodies: Handworks Gallery of American Crafts' owner, employees and patrons

Date of Action: 1995

Specific Location: Acton, Massachusetts

Description of Artwork: "Before Take-off" is an abstract, collaged, wood piece showing an airplane beginning its ascent. The collage is made up of images of female limbs and undergarments taken from advertisements.

Description of Incident: Olschewski and his wife offered the gallery owner, Glenn Johnson, several pieces to display. Johnson accepted three pieces and hung them in his gallery. Johnson removed "Before Take-off" after receiving complaints from employees and customers. Three months later Olschewski was notified that his piece "spent more time in the back room than on display." The Olschewskis removed their pieces from the gallery.

Results of Incident: Evelyn Oschewski wrote the local paper describing the situation. Johnson defended his actions as his curatorial decision.

Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack, 1996

Submitted By: NCAC

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