Creation of Adam

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Date: 2005

Region: North America

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Painting


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Artist: Students at Palo Verde High Magnet School

Confronting Bodies: Palo Verde High Magnet School officials, Tucson Unified School District officials, and surrounding community

Dates of Action: March - May 2005

Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA

Description of Artwork: Students duplicated Michelangelo's Creation of Adam for a mural project.

The Incident: School and District officials wanted the nudity covered up. First, a fig leaf was used, but students protested to adminstrators.

Results of Incident: The fig leaf was replaced with a sash.

The school district is putting together a committee that will formulate guidelines for reviewing students' artworks.

Source: Arizona Daily Star, May 11, 2005