Museum Defends Bikini-Clad Virgin Mary
Wonder if she puts out...

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - A New Mexico museum defended a depiction of a bikini-clad Virgin Mary after the archbishop of Santa Fe added his voice to attacks from Roman Catholic activists against the artwork.

Satin wonders if she has nice tits.

Museum officials were due to meet next week to hear public comment on "Our Lady," a digital photograph that also includes a bare breasted angel. The angel is holding up the Virgin Mary in a stance reminiscent of traditional pictures of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Could be worse...could be Our Lady of Espanola.

Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art said it had no plans to remove the picture from a yearlong special exhibition, as demanded by protesters.

Give it time. In this state the witch doctors always get their way. With the worst educational system and the least money, the residents of this shithole are easy prey for those tax-deferred manipulators in the pulpits.

They have a huge following and they wield it like a club.

"We certainly did not anticipate such a strong reaction," museum director Joyce Ice said. "And I would hope that people are willing to continue their discussions in regard to the role of art and how it plays into community values and the freedom of expression."

Art should make you talk. It is more about the effect on the witness than the content of the thing itself.

Archbishop Michael Sheehan weighed in with a statement criticising* the picture as "yet another trashing" of Catholicism" that "shows the insensitivity to a large segment of Santa Feans and imprudence in the administration of a state funded institution.

State funded institutions do not owe any sort of sensitivity to the catholic church. Just because you're superstitious does not mean we have to treat you with kid gloves.

Updated 9:10 AM ET March 28, 2001
*should be "criticizing"...even the journalists in New Mexico are fucking retards.


Tumult Ends Hearing on Virgin Picture

(MORE of the same)

By Leslie Hoffman

SANTA FE, N.M. (Reuters) - An angry crowd upset over an artwork depicting the Virgin Mary in a bikini forced New Mexico state
museum officials to postpone a hearing called on Wednesday to address Catholic-led protests over the image.

Fuck catholics. Fuck their churches, their saints and their god.

Tempers flared and officials said they feared violence after a larger-than-expected crowd of about 800 people showed up for a public hearing by the Museum of New Mexico board of regents. The crowd was too large for the venue, leaving more than 300 outside chanting "cancel the meeting."

Superstition has to go. Ban religion. All of it.

The hearing was called because of mounting protests by Catholic activists and the archbishop of Santa Fe over the artwork "Our Lady," a digital collage depicting the Virgin Mary in a floral bikini held aloft by a bare-breasted female angel.

Wonder if she has nice tits. Not BIG, mind you. Fuck the american ideal; Pam Anderson is a disgusting hag. Give Satin Heather Graham any time.

The work is being exhibited as part of a show in the Museum of International Folk Art. Critics say the picture is anti-Catholic and portrays the Virgin Mary as a pin-up girl, but California artist Alma Lopez says the image depicts the Virgin Mary as a strong, modern woman.

About 450 people jammed the auditorium of Santa Fe's Museum of Native American Arts and Culture for the hearing, but more than 300 were left in a courtyard outside chanting in protest.

Thumbless fists shaking in the air.

The board called off the meeting about half an hour after it started when police told officials they feared possible violence by the people outside.


"We have an emergency situation," Toby Lynn Herzlich, one of two professional mediators hired to run the meeting, said as the chants grew louder. "People are threatening unsafe activities outside and this is something we cannot allow."

More violence from the religion of love and tolerance.

Police lined both sides of the courtyard outside the museum's entrance where most of the overflow crowd stood.

Most of those outside appeared to be critics of the picture. Many shouted for its removal and others carried traditional images of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a venerated depiction of the Virgin Mary as she reputedly appeared to a Mexican peasant in the 16th century.

Surprising that they haven't tried to burn the artist yet.

"Our Lady" is styled after the Virgin of Guadalupe. Its creator, Lopez, read a statement to reporters that she had planned to present at the hearing, arguing that removing the picture would be censorship and that it is an artwork in a museum, not a sacred object in a church.

No shit. It isn't for the rosary-eaters, it is for the thinkers. These two conditions are mutually exclusive.

"What happens to the rights of artists and curators to create an exhibit without censorship? ... It scares me to see so many people organized against me and attacking me," she said.

You get used to it.

Catholic activist Henry J. Casso rejected talk of censorship. "It's not about First Amendment (free speech) issues. It's about a sacred image," he said.

Bullshit. There is no such thing as "sacred", you superstitious fuck. Go sacrifice a chicken or something. Moron.

The state board of regents has not indicated that it will vote on calls for the picture to be removed, just that it wants to hear the rival views.

They are already betraying the trust of the artists by even listening to this load of shit.

Museum officials said the public hearing would probably be rescheduled for sometime next week in a larger venue.

So more catholic fuckheads can prattle on about sacred this and saint that. Fuck them.

Shouldn't they be out looking for the image of the virgin in a tortilla or something?

Updated 7:52 AM ET April 5, 2001
New Mexico sucks...and don't you forget it.