Name: Politically themed artwork removed from Michigan town hall

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumMixed Media

Artist: Jason A. Schroeder, Bay City, Michigan artist

Confronting Bodies: Schroeder and Tim Braun, Saginaw Township Supervisor; Ron Lee, Saginaw Township Manager

Date of Action: Artist first realized the artwork was removed from the exhibit on September 30, 2005.

Specific Location: Saginaw Township, Michigan

Description of Artwork: The artwork consists of a collage of pictures, newspaper articles, and pictures of spaghetti that are shaped into tongues of flame. Around the collage are soldiers encircled by barbed wire.

Description of Incident: The artwork entitled, "Price of Arrogance," was part of the Saginaw Town Hall exhibit of "Art in Public Places." Saginaw Township officials removed the artwork after receiving complaints about its politically themed content. The artwork expressed the artist's negative opinions of President Bush and the war in Iraq.

Results of Incident: Saginaw Township created a committee to draft a new policy for its Art in Public Places exhibit to avoid a similar incident. Saginaw Township asked the ACLU to assist in creating the new policy.


Submitted By: Danielle Biber

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