Inland Empire Latino Art Association (exhibition)

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Artist: Armando Aleman and Efren Montiel Jimenez

Year: 2013

Date of Action: September 2013

Region: North America

Location: San Bernardino, CA

Subject: Explicit Sexuality, Nudity

Medium: Painting

Confronting Bodies: San Bernardino County Government Center

Description of Artwork: Three different paintings were on display at the County building for National Hispanic Heritage Month. They featured vivid colors depicting sun, water, and trees as well as nude figures. A nude woman sitting and standing, and a full frontal person.

The Incident: The County Board of Supervisors were accused of violating the first amendment right of the artists by asking them to remove the three specific paintings that contained nudity. The request of removal stemmed from complaints from people who visited the building.

Results of Incident: Government officials did not see their actions as unconstitutional. They disregarded the space as being a public forum. In November 2013, the ACLU of SoCal(on behalf of Jimenez) sued the County of San Bernardino. Jimenez won the case and the County agreed to show his artwork for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Source: http://www.sbsun.com/social-affairs/20130925/removed-paintings-from-san-bernardino-county-government-center-spur-allegations-of-censorship


Latino Artists’ Nudes Restored at San Bernardino Government Center, BY SVETLANA MINTCHEVA, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

Removed paintings from San Bernardino County Government Center spur allegations of censorship, By Joe Nelson, 09/25/13