Here in St. Louis (or more properly over in St. Charles) there is a growing flap over this sculpture
Which is clearly modelled after Michelangelo’s famous fresco:
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Apparently the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles commissioned the sculpture and were unable to deal with the results:
Hitchcock [the artist – afarensis] said he called the center to ask how things were going with “The Creation of Adam” and was told by a worker “they were having a wedding at the center and ‘I had to cover up his private parts.’ I told her, ‘You mean his penis? It really is all right to say that word. I say it all the time.’ I guess it really is a provincial community up there.”
There seem to be a couple of issues:
Rosen said the center has no official policy on censorship but she said she did tell Hitchcock she would prefer a sculpture that did not have frontal nudity because the center is used for weddings and other family events.
Should have done more research becauseother work on the artists website clearly shows that this was probably going to be an issue.
For example, he said, “I believe that commingled with the censorship of my work is a considerable dose of homophobia. The fact that a large breasted female bronze remains just outside the Foundry’s doors [I’ve not been able to find a pic of this statue – afarensis] is a glaring inconsistency. Why aren’t her breasts and genitals draped in fabric? Perhaps I wasn’t targeted because of the nudity in my work but because I was the only openly gay artist participating in the ArtWalk.”
I don’t think this is an example of homophobia. St. Charles is a pretty conservative (republican) area and I think they tried to cover Adams’ penis for the same reason Davids’ penis is frequently covered (the Simpsons had a great episode on that)…
Anyway, consider this an open thread…
Added Later: The Creation of Adam has found a home at the St. Louis Centre till May 6th:
ArtDimensions will display “The Creation of Adam” from Wednesday through May 6. Some of Hitchcock’s other works also will be displayed, and autographed copies of his book, “Dark Impressions,” will be available for purchase.
Update 05/11/2013: An interactive video can be found here
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