Robyn Bellospirito (artist)

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Lovers of the Past
As Angels Fly Away
Tears In The Machine



Artist: Robyn Bellospirito

Year: 1992

Date of Action: 1992

Region: North America

Location: Manhasset, NY

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Painting

Confronting Bodies: Manhasset Public Library

Description of Artwork: The paintings featured semi-nude women, and were named "Tears in the Machine," "Lovers of the Past," and "As Angels Fly Away."

The Incident: Bellospirito had been approved to show her artwork in the library's Community room, before library officials knew that several of her works contained semi-nude women. Upon discovering the fact, Bellospirito's artwork was banned from the library, citing an unwritten "no nudes" policy.

Results of Incident: Bellospirito sued the library for infringing on her First Amendment Rights and The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York held in her favor. The case set precedent in in the Eastern District of New York and has been referenced in similar trials concerning art and the first amendment around the country.

In 1996, the Manhasset library displayed Bellospirito's artwork in the Community room.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/05/08/nyregion/library-sued-over-ban-on-nude-art.html


See also http://naturisteducation.org/Toni_Egbert_Library/US_District_Courts/Bellospirito_v_Manhasset/bellospirito_v_manhasset.html