Petrograd (sculpture)

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Date: 2004

Region: North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Sculpture


Artist: René Z. Garza

Confronting Bodies: Lewis Savoie and the McAllen International Museum D/B/A The International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS)

Date of Action: July 2004

Location: IMAS, 1900 Nolana Loop McAllen, Texas 78504 (Rio Grande Valley) U.S.A

Description of Artwork: Petrograd is a metal found object sculpture consisting of a globe patched together from old gas signs and scrap mufflers resting on an oil barrel base.

The Incident: The sculpture was selected by curators to be featured in the museum's fledgeling Sculpture Garden in an upcoming event honoring the sponsors of the museum. A base was made for it according to the sculpture's precise measurements and the sculpture was installed. When Lewis Savoie returned from a trip in Spain, he had it removed for being too controversial (i.e. the piece was critical of corporate sponsorship).

Results of Incident: The censorship of the work recieved local press and a lawsuit was filed charging the violation of said artist's Texas Constitutional 1st Amendment Civil Rights. Garza rejected the Board's offer to include him on a committee that selects work for the museum.

Source: garzaderas@yahoo.com