Figure That (exhibit)

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Date: 1995

Region: North America

Subject: Nudity Sexual/Gender Orientation

Medium: Mixed Media


Artist: Christopher Gowell, Jodie Fernald, Margaret McCann, Michelle Duford, and Amparo Carvajal-Hufschmid

Confronting Bodies: Buchanan for President staff

Date of Action: 1995

Location: Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

Description of Artwork: The exhibit, Figure That, features drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures and prints dealing with the human form. Some contain nudity and deal with homosexuality.

The Incident: Patrick Buchanan's staff rented the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences facilities for the announcement of his 1996 presidential campaign. Buchanan's staff members requested the exhibit's removal because the nudity and homosexual themes may offend Buchanan supporters.

Results of Incident: The school administrators refused to acknowledge the staff member's requests and the works remained on display.

Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack, 1996