Episode 431: April 27, 2001*

The Battle Over "Our Lady": Faith and Art Collide in Santa Fe – Santa Fe has long been known as a center for the religious faithful in New Mexico as well as a center for art and artists from throughout the world. Now a small print, titled "Our Lady," hanging in a corner of the Museum of International Folk Art has much of New Mexico’s Catholic community, including the Archbishop of Santa Fe, calling on the state to remove the piece from exhibition. Catholics claim the artwork, which depicts the Virgin of Guadalupe in rose-clad undergarments, is an insult to their religion while free speech advocates claim the piece is protected by the first amendment and is a legitimate artistic expression. How did a small print by Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez, herself a Catholic, become the center of such controversy and can a solution satisfactory to free speech proponents and the faithful be found?