Carolina Loyola-Garcia media art has been removed from the Pittsburgh Arts Festival. It portrayed the naked artist bathing with milk and honey in a forest. The video could only be viewed by looking through six small holes cut in black paper in a window along Fourth Avenue. The holes were high enough so that young children could not see the video, the artist said.
The piece was covered and unplugged after one of the city's largest businesses complained.
It was part of the Best of Pittsburgh 2007 exhibit. P-P-G found the display inappropriate. P-P-G owns the plaza where the multimedia display was exhibited.
Loyola-Garcia says that removing her art is ridiculous. Elizabeth Reiss, executive director of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, disagreed saying that nudity doesn't belong in street booths and that artwork should be family friendly value.
This is area where I get confused. I believe that censorship coming down from the largest business in the land is bad and ridiculous. However, if the art was inappropriate for children to see and parents attending had no warning or way to avoid the area then maybe that is wrong too. I know the argument about the statue of david and etc but is it not also wrong to force your opinion of nudity on the masses?
Follow Up: I just found out that this piece could only be viewed by looking through six small holes cut in black paper and the holes were high enough so that young children could not see the video. Well, if this is the case this changes everything. It is my opinion that it was WRONG to of censored this art piece. It was a adults choice to view the nude woman and the adult could stop at anytime.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Posted by Sir Lizard at 11:54 AM