Monday, April 25, 2016

Rutgers Univ. Crucifying Jesus Art Draws Outrage

Photographs of so-called artwork depicting Jesus Christ crucified on a dartboard hanging prominently in the Rutgers Art Library on the College Avenue New Brunswick campus on Voorhees Mall went viral on social media causing officials to first relocate the display and then remove it entirely.
“Honestly, if this were Muhammad or some other religious figure there would have been more of an outcry, not to mention wouldn’t have been done in the first place.”
-- Matthew Andrews, Facebook commenter
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-- From "Display of crucified Jesus stabbed with darts at Rutgers University sparks controversy" by Kaylin Searles, WZTV 4/22/16

The display, named "Vitruvian Man," caught the eye of student Natalie Caruso, who said it was displayed in the Art Library. She asked staff to take it down and numerous others followed her lead in their outrage over the display, reported.

While Caruso felt the display is unacceptable, others on the same Facebook post defended the display.

"I'm Catholic I'm not offended by this. If its an artwork in an art gallery that's someone's expression and their emotion in physical form. That's their view and you don't know what they dealt with in that religion emotionally just respect that and move on," Jonathan Ksiezopolski said in the comments.

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From "Rutgers takes down controversial dartboard" by Nikita Biryukov, The Daily Targum (New Brunswick, NJ) 4/21/16

“Just because something offends you doesn't give you the right to silence someone,” wrote Parth Mehrotra, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “It's not about separation of church and state, it's not about anything, it's someone exercising their freedom of speech in a public art exhibit.”

Jessica Pellien, director of communications at Rutgers University Libraries, said the exhibit was removed because it failed to meet the library’s policy for art displays. These policies require exhibits “to be based on University events, curricular offerings and topics of interest to the university community,” in broad terms.

“The process that the Libraries use to determine how artwork is selected for inclusion in an exhibit takes into consideration freedom of expression as well,” she said in an email. “We have concluded that the policy and process the Libraries use to select artwork for exhibitions was not followed.”

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From "Art or sacrilege? Rutgers removes controversial dartboard Jesus art exhibit" by Kelly Heyboer, The Star-Ledger 4/21/16

"It's art, it's an important statement. Also it's hilarious. We don't have to cater to the wills of the Church or any denomination of Christianity or religion," Joe Buchoff, a Rutgers student, wrote on Facebook.

The dartboard Jesus art piece was one of dozens of unusual art pieces displayed around the three-story library. The other pieces include a stack of coins covered with a condom (titled "Tower of Babel"), a milk carton with a photo of Holocaust victim Anne Frank on the back (titled "Cute Kids Make Good Advertising") and a Rutgers diploma hanging from a real estate sign (titled "The Bullfighter Extends His Cape").

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