Imaginary Coordinates (exposition)
Date of Action: June 2008
Region: North America
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Confronting Bodies: Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Description of Artwork: The display was a part of a series of expos in museums around the Chicago area which focused on maps. It contained several images which some patrons of the museum considered anti-semitic. Some of the images included a video of a nude woman using a hula hoop of barbed wire against a Mediterranean backdrop near Tel Aviv, a collection of post cards that showed Palestinians working, playing and mourning, and a video of a woman driving around Jerusalem asking for directions to a Palestinian town in the West Bank, which many people described as far away when, in fact, it is quite close.
The Incident: After the exhibition was put up, several angry patrons objected to the display showing Israel in a negative light. One unnamed member of the board of directors threatened to resign if the display remained.
Results of Incident: The exhibition was shut down prematurely.
An image of the museum.