New Male Nudes (exhibition)

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Date: 1994

Region: North America

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Painting


Artist: Robert Sherer

Confronting Bodies: Glenda Hollis, Event Organizer

Dates of Action: 1994

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Description of Artwork: Paintings containing images of nude men (although some did not contain nude images) in traditionally female poses, like reclining.

The Incident: The event organizer asked Louis Hill, the gallery owner, to remove the paintings that she considered inappropriate for a fundraising event to benefit foster children with HIV. Hill refused to remove the paintings but allowed Hollis to cover them with plastic sheets.

Results of Incident: All of Sherer's paintings were temporarily covered for the duration of the fundraiser, although several large photographs of female nudes were allowed to remain uncovered in an adjoining gallery.

Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack, 1995 and Artist's Resume