Name: Images of "David" banned in OR schools

Date:  1985 - 1995

Location:  North America


MediumTelevision , Sculpture

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Artist: Michelangelo and Channel One educational broadcasting

Confronting Bodies: Madison Middle School officials

Date of Action: September 1991

Specific Location: Eugene, Oregon

Description of Artwork: A news program for students that showed frontal footage of the Michelangelo's "David."

Description of Incident: Madison Middle School was scheduled to show its first day of Channel One, a news show for schools. But because a news story that covered the vandalism of the sculpture, school officials banned the broadcast on the grounds that the story showed a "full, front view" of the nude sculpture.

Results of Incident: Channel One received only two or three other complaints about that day's show, although nearly 10,000 schools showed the broadcast.

Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack 1992

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