Out of the Forest


easter
April 2, 2007, 5:27 pm
Filed under: beliefs

A New York gallery has cancelled its planned exhibition of a “nude chocolate Jesus” sculpture by artist Cosimo Cavallaro after the Catholic League of Religious and Civil Rights called for a boycott.  Matt Selmer, the gallery’s art director, resigned as a result.   From the article:

Bill Donohue, head of the watchdog Catholic League, said it was “one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever.”

The hotel and the gallery were overrun Thursday with angry phone calls and e-mails about the exhibit. Semler said the calls included death threats over the work of artist Cosimo Cavallaro, who was described as disappointed by the decision to cancel the display.

This is one of the worst assaults on “Christian sensibilities” ever?   Deserving of death threats?  With all the poverty and war in the world, this is what spurs these people to action?

The lack of loincloth on this particular Jesus seems to have sparked the most outrage.  Rather predictably, those offended can’t see beyond the nudity to any deeper meaning to the sculpture, which is a shame. 

No one talks much about the “commercialization” and “secularization” of Easter, but this sculpture would seem to me to be a rather interesting comment on this trend.  That’s my initial reaction to it, at least.  I’m sure there are many others.  That’s what art is all about, after all.  Interpretation and judgment.  But of course it has to be seen on display as intended to really form an opinion, and for now at least, the public can’t see it.

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You have to wonder if the head of the Catholic League or any of his minions, who find it necessary to make such “Christian” motions as a death threat, have even SEEN the sculpture.

My guess would be a resounding “NO”. *eyes roll*

Comment by moon_grrl

Hm. I guess they might not like this one either, then.

Comment by Gnightgirl




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