ASU's Student Recreation Complex refuses to display prints of female underwear

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Date: 2006

Region: North America

Subject: Explicit Sexuality

Medium: Photography Mixed Media


Artist: Pamela Adkinson

Confronting Bodies: Tamra Garstka, director of the Student Recreation Complex at Arizona State University

Dates of Action: April, 2006

Location: Tempe, Arizona

Description of Artwork: The artwork consists of prints of women's underwear in size 6 and a size 26. The print is inside Plexiglass enabling others to write their thoughts of the work. Adkinson's artwork is part of a public art exhibit, Ditto, displayed in both men's and women's restrooms across the Arizona State University campus.

The Incident: The director of the Student Recreation Complex did not think that Adkinson's work was appropriate to display, stating that it "could bring bad comments and concerns from our customers."

Results of Incident: The Student Recreation Complex did not display Adkinson's work. A student angered by the situation wrote an editorial in the student newspaper. The student believes that Arizona State University should "promote...diverse artistic expression."

Source: www.asuwebdevil.com