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.
…”We’re delighted with the outcome,” said Kiera McCaffrey, spokeswoman for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
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.”
…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. [via BBC]
This is a confusing story. Part of me wonders if things like science and art can complement and co-exist with religion rather than attacking it, and vice versa. But part of me also wonders why Michelangelo’s David hasn’t been dismantled yet, based on religious sensitivities. I honestly don’t know where the rights and wrongs lie anymore and it’s not like art is an absolutist subject, at least not most of the times.
Then again Christians always seem to entwine Christianity with food. From the Last Supper to finding Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich to chocolate Easter eggs representing…I’m not saying anything, it’s just an odd and random observation.
Anyways, a few months back there was a painting of the virgin Mary with two children, hovering on a cloud in heaven above the express checkout of a Wal-mart, except Mary was actually Angelina Jolie. The painting didn’t stir up much ruckus like the chocolate Jesus, but it did offend Angelina; mostly because she says she wouldn’t be caught dead in a Wal-mart.