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“No” to life-size chocolate sculpture of a naked Jesus April 1, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts.

easter_jesus.jpg  A Manhattan art gallery canceled its Easter-season exhibit of a life-size chocolate sculpture of a naked Jesus on Friday after an outcry by Roman Catholics.

According to Reuters, the gallery’s artistic director tendered his resignation to protest the cancellation. The sculpture “My Sweet Lord” by Cosimo Cavallaro was to be exhibited for two hours each day next week in a street-level window of the Roger Smith Lab Gallery in Midtown Manhattan. The artwork was created from more than 200 pounds of milk chocolate, and features Christ with his arms outstretched as if on an invisible cross. Unlike the typical religious portrayal of Christ, the Cavallaro creation does not include a loincloth, Washington Post informs.

The display had been scheduled to open on Monday, days ahead of Good Friday when Christians mark the crucifixion of Jesus and Easter Sunday when they celebrate his resurrection. But protests including a call to boycott the affiliated Roger Smith Hotel forced the gallery to scrap the showing.

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