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From: _ Prof. Jonez _
To: All
Date: 2007-03-31 08:52:50
Subject: Re: Chocolate Jesus exhibit cancelled

From: "_ Prof. Jonez _" <theprof{at}>

Roger wrote:
> Chocolate Jesus exhibit cancelled
> Saturday, 31 March 2007, 08:08 GMT 09:08 UK
> A New York art gallery has decided to cancel an exhibit of a chocolate
> sculpture of Jesus Christ after protests by a US Catholic group.
> The six-foot (1.8m) sculpture, entitled "My Sweet Lord", depicts a
> naked Jesus Christ with his arms outspread.
> The sculpture, by artist Cosimo Cavallaro, was to have been displayed
> from Monday at Manhattan's Lab Gallery.
> The timing, over Easter Holy Week - the most important part of the
> Christian year - provoked an outcry.
> The Roger Smith Hotel housing the Lab gallery decided to cancel the
> exhibition after the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
> called for a boycott.
> 'Strong-arming'
> "We're delighted with the outcome," said Kiera McCaffrey, spokeswoman
> for the League.
> Ms McCaffrey had called the exhibit "an assault on Christians".
> "They would never dare do something similar with a chocolate statue
> of the Prophet Mohammed naked with his genitals exposed during
> Ramadan."
> The Lab gallery's artistic director, Matt Semler, has offered his
> resignation, saying the decision to cancel the exhibition was a
> result of "strong-arming from people who haven't seen the show, seen
> what we're doing.
> "They jumped to conclusions completely contrary to our intentions,"
> he said.
> Mr Semler said the timing of the exhibition - when Christians mark the
> crucifixion and resurrection of Christ - was coincidental.
> Canadian-born Mr Cavallaro is known for using food ingredients in his
> art, on one occasion painting a hotel room in mozzarella cheese.
> He used 200 pounds (90 kg) of chocolate to make the sculpture which,
> unusually, depicts Jesus without a loincloth. It showed him suspended
> in air with his arms spread wide, as if crucified.

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