The "Our Lady" section of this site was first constructed on April 18, 2001 in response to numerous inquiries nationally. Originally, the site had updates on the controversy as well as a call for support. Later emails as well as news articles were added to basically be the web manifestation of the discussion on this digital print.
If you know of any links or articles on "Our Lady," please email entire article or link to email@example.com
If you would like to find out more, please read Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez's 'Irreverent Apparition' edited by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Alma Lopez.
Here are 260 (as of 09/10/2011) online news entries about this image. I began archiving them when "Our Lady" digital print was on exhibition in Cyber Arte: Tradition Meets Technology at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico from February 25 through October 28, 2001.
For over ten years, I have performed online searches about "Our Lady" print. I archive them here using my own resources because I feel that this is an important debate.
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On behalf of the Virgin of Guadalupe's honor, please join me in this peaceful and prayerful protest.
Now, Alma Lopez’s “Our Lady” is on display at the Oakland Museum of California in Oakland, California. Catholics are urged to protest by fax, telephone, write or e-mail the museum to express their polite yet just outrage at this egregious offense against the Blessed Mother. --Robert Ritchie, Executive Director of America Needs Fatima
As I stand before Our Lady, I see a brown woman standing in defiance, unwilling to accept imposed roles assigned and imposed onto her and her sisters’ bodies. She is the embodiment of La Virgen. She has lifted her gaze to confront those who have long reaped the capitalist benefits of subjecting women of color to the roles of abnegate mother or detestable whore.--Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano
Is depicting Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLG) as a naked young women with roses covering her privates really art? It's creator, LA artist Alma Lopez seems to think so. As does the city museums that are exhibiting her work.--LA artist's Our Lady of Guadalupe sparking new protest for its alleged blasphemy by Richard Sikorski
Reviews and comments about Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez's "Irreverent Apparition" edited by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Alma Lopez, published by the University of Texas Press, 2011
A guidebook for how to profit by hurting, offending, and mocking the beliefs and love of others.-- comment by wlupinacci
The latest blasphemy is the new book called Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez’s Irreverent Apparition, being offered for sale by Powell’s City of Books and on the cover is a photo of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a floral bikini.
When will the junior-high kids in the art world be put in their place? Aren’t people tired yet of “statement” art that is offensive? Somebody should tell this “artist” that if she wants to offend people with religion, the guy with the elephant dung madonna and the guy who did piss Christ are 20 years ahead of her.-- Recovering Ex-hippie
Anybody living in Santa Fe in the spring of 2001 could scarcely forget her. She was called Our Lady, and she was clad in roses. Not enough of them, apparently.-- "War of the Roses: Our Lady 10 years on" by Casey Sanchez
The first time I saw Alma López’s take on la Virgen de Guadalupe I laughed at the audacity of the finely crafted photograph. The artist has the goddess proclaim “when all your hieratic stuff is said and done, and you’ve prayed to and idolized me, remember this: I am a woman.”--Lupe, the Woman by Michael Sedano
Here in America, we pray that Catholics in Ireland will rise up in a massive and immediate spiritual and peaceful protest and petition the University College Cork to CANCEL this blasphemy now!
In our globalized world, blasphemy can cross the oceans and airwaves with more ease than in previous ages. And that is now the case with the blasphemous art exhibit "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas," by the self-avowed lesbian Alma Lopez, which will be on display at the University College Cork and is open to the general public.--America Needs Fatima opposes blasphemous 'Our Lady' exhibit in Ireland
The blasphemous art exhibit "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas", by Alma Lopez, will be on display at the University College Cork (Ireland) and is open to the general public.
The display has provoked an online protest and was also the subject of discussion with Joe Duffy on RTE radio’s Liveline show yesterday. A number of callers to the show said they regarded the exhibition as blasphemous, a view echoed by some online protesters.--‘Blasphemous’ UCC exhibit sparks outrage By Dan Buckley
i'm unable to remember another work of chicana art getting even one condemnation, much less the thousands Lopez' work stimulated.--Put a Cork In It, O'Bigots by Michael Sedano
CORK South Central Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has called for UCC to recognise and respond to the upset and distress caused to Roman Catholics and other Christians by the art exhibition “Our Lady and Other Queer Santas”.--UCC must ensure religious tolerance
Sensitivity to religion and other peoples' belief systems cannot simply be whitewashed away under a mass current of free speech and libertarianism, and this depiction - while not grossly offensive or obscene - could still find a more suitable home than at a university, which is supposed, at least in my understanding of the concept, to be a place of mutual respect and understanding for others.--‘Blasphemous’ exhibit sparks international outrage, before it’s even begun by Daniel O'Carroll
A 'blasphemous' exhibit depicting 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' in a floral bikini is to go on show in University College Cork (UCC) tomorrow -- and critics have begun attacking the 'artwork' before it's even begun.--'Blasphemous' exhibit sparks international outrage, before it's even begun by Daniel O'Carroll
Conservative Catholics are attacking “Our Lady and Other Queer Santas (Saints),” an art show and speech by Latina lesbian artist Alma Lopez at University College Cork in Ireland June 23-25.--Our Lady & Queer Saints art attacked as blasphemy - Show support now!
THE Bishop of Cork and Ross has launched a scathing attack on an exhibition, due to open in UCC today, for portraying the Virgin Mary in an"offensive" way.--Cork bishop criticises ‘offensive’ Mary image By Eoin English
There has been a significant amount of online criticism of the exhibition. The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property is accusing UCC of hosting “non-stop blasphemy” by allowing the “self-avowed lesbian” Lopez to display her art. The America Needs Fatima site urges people to tell UCC how shocked they are by signing a petition.--A holy mess: Bishop and TD weigh on on controversial UCC exhibit by Emer McLysaght
The Bishop of Cork and Ross John Buckley yesterday said the exhibit goes beyond the bounds of pluralism and respect.--Bishop claims image of Virgin is unacceptable By Ralph Riegel
“I’ve seen other works in the country that could be viewed from a more negative point of view and that didn’t cause any difficulties, so this has all the hallmarks of a manufactured controversy."--Art Exhibition Goes Ahead Despite Criticism By Niamh O'Mahony
Religious leaders and politicians in Cork have blasted the print as blasphemous and said the university should not allow it to be viewed by the public.
The Chief Superintendent of the Gardai in Cork has confirmed to the ACLI that there is an ongoing investigation into allegations that a proposed art exhibition at University College Cork will contain a blasphemous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and that a book will be promoted which also contains blasphemous matter. The artist will also give a talk which is likely to contravene the law given it will be about her work and book.--Gardai Investigate Cork University Over Blasphemous Image of Our Lady as Bishop Speaks Out in defence of Mary.
There is a huge controversy brewing at the University College Cork in Ireland because it is planning to exhibit a highly blasphemous and sacrilegious rendering of "La Virgen de Guadalupe".--Blasphemer Alma Lopez may be arrested
Are people over-reacting or is this truly a blasphemous act (and even if it is, do people deserve to be held legally accountable)? You can view some of the artwork here (the image we’ve shown above is cropped to remove nudity).--INTERNATIONAL OUTRAGE ERUPTS OVER EXHIBIT DEPICTING ‘VIRGIN MARY’ IN A…BIKINI by Billy Hallowell
We have received advice from Mrs Johanna Higgins of the Association of Catholic Lawyers of Ireland www.catholiclawyersblog.wordpress.com regarding the proposed Art Exhibition at the University of Cork--A notice from some friends of I & A in Ireland
THE artist who created the controversial image of Our Lady hit back at critics last night as religious protesters picketed outside University College Cork (UCC).--Protesters picket UCC as artist defends image by Eoin English
Protestors wielding placards and rosary beads stood outside the gates of University College Cork (UCC) as she made preparations to display her image, Our Lady of Guadalupe, as part of an academic conference which opens today. --I never intended to offend, says ‘Our Lady’ artist By Eoin English
“Having given due consideration to all viewpoints, UCC has confirmed the conference will go ahead as planned and the image will be exhibited in a position where only those who personally choose to view may do so,” a college spokesman said.--Cork bishop criticises 'Our Lady in bikini' exhibit by LOUISE ROSEINGRAVE
The current campaign is headed by America Needs Fatima, a Mariolatrous US group that organises anti-abortion and anti-blasphemy rallies.--Ireland's poisonous blasphemy debate: The uproar over a 'disrespectful' image of the Virgin Mary shows it is time to abolish Ireland's blasphemy laws by Padraig Reidy
What could be more urgent for Irish Catholics than to pitch a huge fit about an art installation that has something to do with “the Virgin Mary”?--Like discussing the rules of quidditch By Ophelia Benson
Bishop of Cork and Ross Dr John Buckley said the image was offensive and unacceptable. This is from a member of a hierarchy that facilitated and covered up the sexual exploitation of children by clergy for decades.--Our Buckley of Cork & Ross
The Irish bishop argues that an "inclusive society" should have respect for the "religious iconography of its citizens," which is a good point and well-phrased. One could argue that Alma Lopez has done so. As she notes, she grew up with Our Lady of Guadalupe, the central icon of her culture. --Our Lady in bikini
The group of some 20 or so men, women, children and priests who braved the rain to pray decades of the rosary at the university’s main gates, refused to view the image. --‘Our Lady’ image protests continue By Eoin English
The Defamation Act 2009 states that “a person who publishes or utters matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion”.
The Act also states: It shall be a defence to proceedings for an offence under this section for the defendant to prove that a reasonable person would find genuine literary, artistic, political, scientific, or academic value in the matter to which the offence relates.--File may be sent to the DPP over ‘blasphemous’ UCC exhibition by Emer McLysaght
A senior Garda in Cork has confirmed in writing to the ACLI that a file will be sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding the exhibition of material which is insulting and offensive to Catholics hosted by University College Cork.--Cork Blasphemy Case: Gardai Confirm File to be sent to Director of Public Prosecutions.
Buckley's claim that all Irish people revere Mary chimes dangerously with that law's definition of blasphemy as something likely to cause "outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of [a] religion".
The Irish legislation, introduced amidst considerable controversy at the time, makes it an offence (felony) for a person to "utter" or "publish" anything that is considered "grossly abusive or insulting" to "matters held sacred by" any religion, and which causes "outrage" amongst a "substantial number of the adherents of that religion".--Irish university could face prosecution following blasphemous exhibition
Here are the Irish catholics, stirred up by their leaders, all upset because someone has dared to picture the Virgin as a 40 year old woman dressed in flowers held aloft by a butterfly angel, but they weren’t upset for years and years and years when the church treated women like dirt, forced them to slave in laundries, or locked them away as children in reformatories for the crime of being born out of wedlock, and permitted the nuns and the brothers and the priests to abuse them at will. But show a picture of “The Virgin” in flowers and its a blasphemy!--Alma Lopez’s “Our Lady” by Eric MacDonald
Their calls for bans and protests were countered by Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland, who later commented: “It was like discussing the rules of quidditch with people who believe Harry Potter was a documentary.”--Irish bishop criticises ‘Our Lady in bikini’ exhibit
The uproar over a 'disrespectful' image of the Virgin Mary shows it is time to abolish Ireland's blasphemy laws
RELIGIOUS protesters prayed at the gates of University College Cork (UCC) for the second day in a row yesterday as a controversial image of "Our Lady of Guadalupe" went on display on campus.--More from Ireland
Lopez said that her image wouldn’t even qualify for investigation under the laws, because it is a work of art, and she is a bona fide artist. She feels controversies like this are stirred up in an attempt to find an easy target or a scapegoat, and to distract from issues within the Catholic Church. She has called on the Irish people to organise themselves against these laws, because “they are a threat to Irish freedom of speech”.--Artist says SHE’S offended by UCC blasphemy controversy by Emer McLysaght
I say that it was somewhat fortuitous that my wife and I weren't there to witness the protests because I, personally, feel torn by the reactions to Alma's images.--Torn over art by Mario T. García
If Cork found the picture shocking, it was largely because so much effort had gone into making the work so self-consciously offensive.--Alienated by feminist brashness! By Archon
In this exclusive piece for Cork Student News, Lopez defends the exhibit, answers those calling it a ‘blasphemy’, and gives a little insight into her own time as a student at the University of California.--In her own words: Alma Lopez on the ‘blasphemous’ exhibit By Alma Lopez
When I see Lopez’s Our Lady, I do not see blasphemy or obscenity, I see a celebration of the female and the sacred.--Qu(e)erying Our Lady by Xochitl Alvizo
One of the most recent of these ‘blasphemous acts’ was an exhibition of the work of Mexican-American artist, Alma Lopez, which was hosted by the Hispanic Department of UCC (University College Cork). Over a number of days in June, a number of Ms. Lopez’s works were on display in the O’Rahilly Building and over that same period of time, there were a series of protests held outside the gates of UCC by a small group of Christians. --Blasphemy, Ireland and an Irish University by Bryan
What I didn't know was there was a lot more to the symbolism than I had ever realized. Rita proceeded to explain to me that the Divine Feminine is hidden in the image - not so hidden if you look closely - and the oval nimbus around her figure, edged in red, symbolizes the vulva and the entrance of life into this world. --Goddesses in the Dirt: Our Lady of Guadalupe by Amanda
Because of journalistic practices that wait for officials or major players to raise issues before doing stories on them in order to claim ‘objectivity’, newspaper coverage left many underlying issues surrounding the controversy largely unexamined. -- Kevin Dolan, Blinded by "objectivity"
All us Guadalupanos can’t agree on how she should be interpreted or displayed. Alma Lopez’s digital piece Our Lady has been the subject of controversy, censorship and hate mail since 2001. Last year, Gustavo Arellano reported on the controversy over the piece appearing in an Orange County museum.
But more Americans also need to be aware that demagogues love to use religion and religious symbols to silence effective political debate. --Patricia Lee Sharpe
Although efforts were made to banish “Our Lady” from the museum, a state judge refused to order its removal.--By Bill Kenworthy,Legal researcher and Kyonzte Hughes, Contributing writer, Public Funding of Controversial Art
Artist Alma Lopez, who is no stranger to Virgen controversy, posted a note to her blog saying that her digital collage of the Guadalupana in a floral bikini was also censored at Centro, in 2002, when Vincent Valdez was the lead artist for the Virgen show-- The Mashup by Elaine Wolff
For months, this “piece of art” titled “Our Lady” divided the community. The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) and its America Needs Fatima campaign organized protests, worked together with local activists, and held a rally in front of the museum uniting nearly one thousand offended Catholics from all over New Mexico and at least seven other states. The museum admitted that it received over 65,000 protest postcards from all over the nation.--The Santa Fe Chill by John Horvat II
Seven years ago next month, a digital print of the Virgin of Guadalupe garbed in a modest costume fashioned from pink, white and yellow roses, set off an emotional protest that bitterly divided the community.-- Anne Constable, Seven years on, discussion over 'Our Lady' is ongoing
We’re all familiar with the iconic Virgen de Guadalupe imagery, right?
A critical essay by Guisela Latorre titled "Icons of Love and Devotion: Alma Lopez's Art"
A push for a shrine to Our Lady, begun in 2001, ends with a pilgrimage to Mexico and a new landmark in Santa Fe -- Anne Constable | Journey of devotion
I'm neither Chicana nor Latina, Loudmouth nor Bigmouth, and least of all a feminist, which is what the artists in this show were being touted to be.
This unhealthy, destructive, and oppressive self-image internalized by Chicanas is what the artworks of Alma López, Yolanda López, and Ester Hernández subvert. Throughout the history of Mariology there is a “docetic” tendency to spiritualize the humanity of Mary to the extent that she only seems or appears to be human. For these artists, their artwork is not only a subversive political act against patriarchy and women's oppression but also an antidocetic theological statement interpreting the divine in their own image: as a woman with power, knowledge, and wisdom—that is, as a woman like themselves.-- Juan Alvarez Cuauhtemoc, Virgen de Guadalupe: The Nican Mopohua and the Theopoetic of Flor y Canto, El Silencio Guadalupano
In response to an article by the Daily 49er announcing the conference, hateful homophobic and sexist attacks against the organizers and conference speakers Cherrie Moraga and Alma Lopez were displayed on the publication’s Web site.--Chicana feminists must be heard By Conciencia Femenil
A Daily 49er article last week by Conciencia Femenil, the Long Beach St. group that organized the Chicana Feminism Conference, detailing the homophobia they faced made mention of one comment in particular: about some "Aztec Law." It also revealed that the comments made nasty remarks about Chicana artist Alma Lopez, who once created a mixed-media image of the Virgin de Guadalupe in which she imagined herself as the Empress of the Americas.--Jew-Bashing, Gay-Trashing La Voz de Aztlan Harasses Long Beach State Chicanas by Gustavo Arellano
Nonetheless, the Lopez renderings of La Virgen de Guadalupe remind us that the Chicano experience is a constant interplay between American and Mexican cultural dynamics. -- Mexican American Religion and Spirituality
Chicana artists and the institutions that support them have repeatedly been reminded that reinterpreting the meaning and image of the Virgin as ordinary woman or goddess is dangerous work.--Laura E. Pérez, Decolonizing Sexuality and Spirituality in Chicana Feminist and Queer Art
The debate is covered in the forthcoming book “Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez’s ‘Irreverent Apparition.’”
At first glance, the semi-nude woman, adorned by roses throughout her private areas is shocking. A green cloak with Aztec symbols graces her shoulders, her hands rest her hips in defiance, her brown hair long and loose, she stands on top of black crescent moon held by a topless female with butterfly wings. -- Wendy Carrillo
State District Court Judge James Hall on Friday approved a court order stating that the museum "should have given public notice and public hearing before the exhibit was displayed at the museum." --Virgin-in-bikini ruling could force hearings by museums before controversial exhibits
It is to be hoped that District Court Judge James Hall's recent approval of a court order proclaiming a museum committee to have been in violation of the Open Meetings Act by not holding hearings prior to displaying Alma Lopez's image of the Virgin of Guadalupe will not stand up to rigorous challenge. It is a bad ruling and unworkable as either public or administrative policy.-- 'Our Lady' Court Order Hogties Art Museums by Peter Eller, Art Appraiser and Writer
When is an image a religious symbol and when is it a secular cultural icon? -- Warring Uses Clash Over Symbols by Bill Hume, Editorial Page Editor
The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M., displayed a photo collage by Alma Lopez that replaced the traditional image of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a woman in a rose-petal bikini; a bare-breasted woman appeared below her as a cherub. --The Ten Worst Anti-Catholic Atrocities of 2001 By William A Donohue
A state museum committee was subject to the state Open Meetings Act, but the curator's work was not, according to a final court order dismissing a request to remove a controversial exhibit from the state Museum of International Folk Art. -- 'Our Lady' Opponents Receive Mixed Ruling By Morgan Lee, Journal Staff Writer
The Tennessee Arts Commission bans nude art at its gallery, but an anti-censorship group says the naked truth is that nudes have been a staple of Western art since ancient Greece. -Tennessee art gallery's no-nudes policy draws criticism By The Associated Press
Last year, Mexican-born artist Alma Lopez exhibited a bikini-clad Virgin of Guadalupe in a Santa Fe museum. The digital image, which the artist said modernized the virgin, ignited furious protests and a lawsuit demanding its removal-- Canonization affirms faith of fervent Mexicans By Michael Riley
A year and a half ago, a Los Angeles based computer graphics artist was part of a four person show at the New Mexico State Museum of International Folk Art. One of her pictures was a re-imaging of the traditional humble, prayerful Mother, as a proud young woman with her head held high, arms akimbo, wearing a sumptuous garland of roses around her breasts and a full covering of roses around her womanhood, in the manner of those old two piece bathing suits from the 50s. Nothing disrespectful to her womanhood, just a proud young woman. Some members of the traditional Catholic community were seriously offended. There were demonstrations and meetings, demands for removal of the offending images, and counterdemands for the rights of free speech.
Artists frequently test society's standards of decency with works that outrage people. Society, or parts of it, may respond with harsh criticism and scorn. Artists are free to outrage people, and people are free to be outraged, but First Amendment issues may arise when art is publicly funded. Must the public, through the taxes it pays, subsidize art that offends people? -- Public Funding of Controversial Art By Kyonzte Hughes
The candidates were asked about how they would have handled the Our Lady of Guadalupe controversy last year, when many Catholics protested an artwork on display at the state Museum of International Folk Art that depicted the Virgin clad only in flowers.
My original curatorial intent in putting together the Cyber Arte exhibition was to highlight the Hispanic and Latina/o arts and cultural presence on the World Wide Web.--The Cyber Arte Exhibition: A Curator's Journey Through Community and Controversy by Tey Marianna Nunn, Ph.D
“Accept that you are not going to win. There is no win in such a controversy. You're just going to survive. Those are the facts. It's not pretty, but those are the facts.” Such was the counsel of journalist Hollis Walker to museum directors and curators regarding protests against blasphemous art. Her comments run quite contrary to what protesters are frequently led to believe. -- Are Protests Against Blasphemy Effective? The Other Side Speaks by John Horvat
In looking at the incident in Santa Fe it is easy to write it off as another contesting of the First Amendment. Yet the incident was so much more-for the Hispanics who protested the art it was a contest against a set of cultural beliefs that were in conflict with their own, that of the Chicanas. --Hell Breaks Loose Over an Unholy Image of the Virgin Mary by Badamo
When the exhibition Cyber Arte: Tradition meets Technology opened at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe on February 25th, 2001, a tremendous amount of press had already been written in such publications as American Art, Art and Antiques, Hispanic Magazine, and the Santa Fe New Mexican. -- Tey Marianna Nunn, Ph.D, The Cyber Arte Exhibition: A Curator’s Journey Through Community and Controversy
The artist, who is best known for her controversial work entitled "Our Lady" - a photograph of a young Chicana woman wearing a bikini of roses digitally superimposed on to the traditional scene of the Virgen de Guadalupe - came to UCSB to kick off the MCC's Sixth Annual Chicana/o Art Exhibition.--Chicana Artist Kicks Off Exhibiiton by Stephanie Tavares
Protesters had said the digital image of Mexico's national representation of the Virgin Mary was offensive and insensitive after it went on show in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in February. But a judge has decided that the city's Museum of International Folk Art can keep the picture, by Mexican-born Alma Lopez, on its walls because of a legal technicality. Alma Lopez says the picture shows a strong woman The image will now be on view until the end of October - a date that was set as a compromise by the museum in May.--Defending Our Lady Against Blasphemy
After this controversy, I am not the same artist nor person. Today, I am a greater believer in the power of the image of the Virgen of Guadalupe. -- Alma Lopez, Conscience Magazine
A number of contemporary, Chicana and Mexican feminist writers and artists have adopted this new Virgen. As they do so we see how La Virgen's power and influence has maintained through time and how she continues to revolutionize our communities. -- Know Your Revolucionaria: Virgen de Guadalupe
It has been more than two years since a Roman Catholic outcry over Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez's digital collage of the Virgin of Guadalupe clad in flower petals with a bare midriff. The chilling effect is still felt in Santa Fe, where officials at state-run museums say pressures not to offend viewers have been acute since the "Our Lady" controversy. -- 'Our Lady' controversy still chills Santa Fe museums By The Associated Press
It seems Alma Lopez is at it again. -- Rekindling the Controversy by American TFP
One woman asks the most persistent protestor What's wrong with that, wasn't Mary a woman? The protestor refuses an answer, shaking her short coiff and repeats her mantra, Don't blaspheme our Lady --Self Help Graphics Sale
For nine months, the digital image hung at the New Mexico Museum of Folk Art, and some impassionate objectors would have Alma hung right next to it if given the chance. How dare she desecrate a sacred image? What right she had to appropriate this image that wasn’t hers? --Ana Rojo, El Andar
When the artist Alma Lopez was criticized for an image that showed the Virgin of Guadalupe as a sexually attractive young Latina (decorously covered with flower garlands), one might think she had taken huge liberties with a sacred image. But Meyer has done his homework, and demonstrated for the Renwick audience that Lopez's digital collage is not a terribly radical departure from a long and rich tradition of Virgin imagery. There's the Virgin painted on a hot rod. There's the Virgin on a matchbook cover. There's the Virgin used as part of an advertisement for a psychic. Despite the cheapening and vulgarity of those representations, they are still deemed religiously respectful. But a woman artist representing the Virgin as sexually attractive is instantly read as sacrilegious. --'Gay' Art: Dolled Up and Still Dressed Down By Philip Kennicott, Washington Post Staff Writer
However, what happens when art is produced to deliberately shock or demean one's religious beliefs? Does it still qualify as art?
Wilson said Chicano art is able to bridge ethnic barriers and evoke a range of emotions and thoughts. Two years ago, when he was director of the Museum of New Mexico, Wilson witnessed the power of Hispanic art. "Our Lady," an image of the Virgin Mary by Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez, had sparked public outrage at a state-run museum in Sante Fe. Lopez's "Our Lady" was a digital photograph of a woman wearing a bikini-style outfit set in the traditional imagery of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Lopez's virgin - head raised and hands on hips - projected the power of womanhood. Wilson rejected demands from the Catholic Church and Hispanic New Mexico lawmakers to remove it.--Museum highlights Chicano art By Jason Emerson, Tribune
Contrary to what many artists claim, protesting against offensive art is never free publicity. Few things hurt the arts community more than when it produces works that lose touch with its supporting community. --The Santa Fe Chill: How Protests Make Blasphemy Unwelcome by John Horvat, II
Found via my referrer logs: Mexican fascists do not like Daze Reader and the decadent, highly offensive, abominable, sexually deviant art occasionally promoted herein.
Our news publication, La Voz de Aztlan, has received your press release concerning the planned exhibit "The Virgin of Guadalupe: Interpreting Devotion" to open on August 28. Your press release mentions that as part of the exhibit, you will be including the highly offensive "Guadalupe in a Bikini" by the decadent lesbian artist Alma Lopez. OPEN LETTER by Ernesto Cienfuegos, Editor in Chief, La Voz de Aztlan
La Voz de Aztlan has received communications from the Director of the Fullerton Museum Center at Fullerton, California that they will not be exhibiting the highly sacrilegious image of "Guadalupe in a Bikini" by the lesbian artist Alma Lopez. Mr. Joe Felz wrote our publication that the museum will instead exhibit "Maria de Los Angeles", by the same artist, as part of their upcoming "The Virgin of Guadalupe: Interpreting Devotion" exhibit that will open on August 28. by Ernesto Cienfuegos, Editor in Chief, La Voz de Aztlan
Rather than correcting his inaccurate article, Mr. Cienfuegos instead published a follow-up piece Aug. 3 which implied that, based on the information that he provided us, the "Lady" piece had been removed, and the Museum would "instead" exhibit "Maria de Los Angeles." Again, this is a completely inaccurate statement on his part as the "Lady" piece was never considered for this exhibit. By Joe Felz, Director, Fullerton Museum Center
Now, beyond my penchant for the intersection between the sacred and the profane in Catholic iconography and my belief in freedom of expression, if something is sacred that is a Catholic woman's right to explore the weight and meaning of the Madonna on her life and culture.
"The first article (in 'La Voz de Aztlan'), written in the form of an open letter to me, alleged the Museum's press release stated the exhibit would contain an artwork by Alma Lopez which the writer called "Guadalupe in a Bikini" (The actual title of the work in question, according to Ms. Lopez, is "Our Lady.") The writer protested what he said was the inclusion of this artwork in our exhibit.
The controversy started on Aug. 1, when Ernesto Cienfuegos, editor of the Chicano nationalist website La Voz de Aztlan (www.aztlan.net), attacked Fullerton Museum Center Director Joe Felz for including "decadent lesbian artist" Alma Lopez in a exhibition titled "The Virgin of Guadalupe: Interpreting Devotion." --Nuestra Senora de Censorship:Who says the Virgin of Guadalupe can't be sexy? by Gustavo Arellano and Raymond Beltran
Ironically, when the original Our Lady of Guadalupe was first cast into the cloak through supposed divine intervention, it was at the epitome of Christian controversy. --New Art by Robert DeMartini
Aside from the blatant homophobia, the trouble with Cienfuegos attack on the exhibit was that Lopez's Our Lady was not the Lopez piece chosen for the exhibit.
Orange County Weekly covers the controversy over Our Lady by Alma Lopez and its rumored appearance at Fullerton Museum Center. Three weeks ago, the far-right Chicano nationalist website Aztlan.net complained that the museum planned to exhibit Lopez's "sexually deviant" artwork (discussed here). The museum's director insists that Aztlan was mistaken -Our Lady was never part of the exhibition - and that the museum has safeguards to prevent offensive art from display. Not exactly a resounding defense of artistic integrity in the face of ideological fanaticism.
Joe's letter is laden with inaccuracies, but one of them stands out: his claim that Our Lady was never considered for the exhibit is something only the most credulous could accept. It raises (yet again) the question of censorship and, maybe (let me say this gently), curatorial judgment: I mean, really, why not even consider showing what is arguably the most famous reinterpretation of the Virgin of Guadalupe?
It's funny that conservative Catholics and other assorted Latinos get so up in arms over the depiction of Alma Lopez's Virgin [Gustavo Arellano's "Nuestra Senora de Censorship," Aug. 20]. They don't mind if she is painted on the side of liquor stores or on skateboards, telephone cards and - one of my favorites - fingernail clippers
Although Lopez sought an updated but still beatified Virgin in Our Lady, its detractors saw just the opposite. Jose Villegas, a Catholic parishioner who helped spearhead the protest against Our Lady, said, "I see the devil, I don't see our Blessed Mother. I'm 42 years old and I never have and never will see her in a bikini." -- AFTER THE CULTURE WARS: Censorship works best when no one knows it's happening by Richard Meyer
•SANTA FE - Information on the Santa Fe Archdiocese, Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez and church pedophiles, and press release statements against "Our Lady" digital print from Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan.
From viewing the book that accompanies the Brooklyn Museum of Art exhibition, “Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers,” it is clear that most entries are worthy of much praise. But it is also clear that the display by Renee Cox, “Yo Mama’s Last Supper,” is worthy of much condemnation. -- Catholic League president William Donohue
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York has made good on his threat to create a "decency commission" empowered to shield New Yorkers from potentially offensive works in museums that receive money from the city of New York. The 23-person body will first have to agree on which kind of art might require fig leaves or banishment, although courts are likely to reject any effort by new Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission to impose "community standards" on galleries that the city funds.--By David D'Arcy
"Compared with a photograph of a nude woman as Jesus at the Last Supper or a painting of the Virgin Mary with a dollop of elephant dung on her breast, a computerized photo collage of Our Lady of Guadalupe wearing a two-piece swimsuit of bright roses seems rather innocuous.
La obra digital Our Lady (Nuestra Señora), de la artista méxico-estadounidense Alma López, ha generado molestia entre los visitantes a la muestra Ciberarte: Tradición vs. tecnología, que desde el 25 de febrero se presenta en el Museo de Arte Folclórico Internacional de Nuevo México, en Estados Unidos. -- Consideran 'blasfemia' obra guadalupana by Antonio Bertran
In Santa Fe this week, an international image of forgiveness and understanding has triggered a barrage of high-profile blame. --'Our Lady' art unrobes icon and unleashes parish protest By J.M. Barol
The Virgin Mary has been depicted in contemporary art smeared with elephant dung, and she's been portrayed as a golden-haired Barbie doll. In the latest controversial image, this one in a Santa Fe museum, she appears in a floral bikini held aloft by a bare-breasted angel. --Catholics protest Our Lady's depiction By Anne Constable (Includes many Reader Opinion Statements)
Alma Lopez is a Los Angeles visual and public artist. She grew up in northeast Los Angeles in a community named El Serreno. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1988 and a master's degree in fine arts from the University of California at Irvine in 1996. --Work not meant to offend, L.A. artist says By:Anne Constable
To depict the Virgin Mary in a floral bikini held aloft by a bare breasted angel is to be insulting, even sacrilegious, to the many thousands of New Mexicans who have deep religious devotion to Guadalupe. -- Statement of Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan
Alma López, a Los Angeles muralist and digital artist, plans to be in Santa Fe next week when the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regentsmeets to consider whether to remove her controversial bikini-clad image of the Virgin of Guadalupe from an exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art. -- Artist López speaks on Virgin controversy By Anne Constable ( Includes many Reader Opinion Statements)
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. -- New Mexico museum defends bikini-clad Virgin MaryBy Leslie Hoffman
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. -- New Mexico museum defends bikini-clad Virgin Mary By Leslie Hoffman
Compared with a photograph of a nude woman as Jesus at the Last Supper or a painting of the Virgin Mary with a dollop of elephant dung on her breast, a computerized photo collage of Our Lady of Guadalupe wearing a two-piece swimsuit of bright roses seems rather innocuous. -- Santa Fe Journal: Uproar over Virgin Mary in a Two-Piece Swimsuit By MICHAEL JANOFSKY
Acclaimed Los Angeles-based visual artist Alma Lopez plans to be in Santa Fe April 4th when the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents meets to decide whether Lopez' piece, "Our Lady," will be removed from the Cyber Arte exhibit at the International Museum of Folk Art. -- Press Release by Raquel Gutierrez
Museum of New Mexico Director Tom Wilson Tuesday made a spirited defense of the decision to include Our Lady, a bikini-clad depiction of the Virgin of Guadalupe, in a show at the Museum of International Folk Art. -- Museum director defends `Our Lady' By Anne Constable ( Includes many Reader Opinion Statements)
Despite demands by protesters and the archbishop of Santa Fe, a New Mexico museum defended its depiction of a bikini-clad Virgin Mary. Museum officials plan to meet next week to hear public comment on “Our Lady,” a digital photograph that also includes a bare-breasted angel.
Local Catholics, led by Archbishop Michael Sheehan and parishioners from Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, have protested the depiction as “blasphemous.” -- SANTA FE MUSEUM OUTRAGES LOCAL CATHOLICS
Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe criticized the picture as "yet another trashing of Catholicism" that "shows the insensitivity to a large segment of Santa Feansand imprudence in the administration of a state funded institution. "In the recent past the Virgin Mary has been shown in contemporary art smeared with elephant dung and she has been depicted as a golden haired Barbie doll. Now this!" he said.
Most recently, a museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico displayed a work by a woman named Alma Lopez who identifies herself as a Chicana lesbian. It had Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is sacred to Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, dressed in a floral bikini. -- Desecration as Art by Roderick T. Beaman
The regents of the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe on Wednesday began considering whether to remove the work from the state-funded Museum of International Folk Art, but ended up postponing the meeting because there was not enough room to hold everyone who wanted to comment. Museum officials said some 250 people were outside the standing-room-only meeting of about 300 and were unable to attend.--Bikini Brouhaha Over Mary Painting
The archbishop of Santa Fe says a bikini-clad version of the Virgin Mary shown in a folk art museum depicts her "as if she were a tart" and should be removed.
Description of Incident: Our Lady provoked much protest from the Catholic community in Santa Fe. The Roman Catholic Archbishop, Michael Sheehan, claimed that the Virgin was depicted as a "tart," is sacrilegious to New Mexicans who have a deep religious devotion to Guadalupe, and should not be shown in a tax-supported museum. Reaction to the work was widespread and heated. A public meeting was held, drawing a crowd of just under 800 to hear an array of speakers and opinions.
The ridiculous claim by Catholics that Mary is the mother of God is outdone only by Lopez's artistic(?) (dis)abilities to paint Mary in a bikini as a cheap call girl.
Thanks for the insight. Speaking for myself, I'd rather be respected than revered. If the majority of machos looked upon women as persons rather than property, perhaps we wouldn't need any "protecting"?
In un museo appare la Madonna in bikini. -- Polemica religiosa in America
Leo Higgins asks the question, why is picturing the Virgin Mary in a bikini not considered religious bigotry at its worse. -- Intolerant, but "PC" - What's the solution? How to confront a Hate Crime: Religious Bigotry in a Bikini By Leo Higgins
Everyone knows of machismo, where men have to be virile men and nothing less will do. Less talked about is marianismo, the ideal image many have for women.-- Censoring Our Ladies. Does turning Guadalupe into a woman cross the line between sacred and profane? By Richard L. Vasquez
Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe has protested against the "trashing of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe" in a photo collage that depicts her dressed in a bikini made of roses and held up by a bare-breasted angel.
The archbishop of Santa Fe says a bikini-clad version of the Virgin Mary shown in a folk art museum depicts her "as if she were a tart" and should be removed.Alma Lopez, the Los Angeles artist who designed the photo collage on a computer, says she doesn't see what's so offensive about showing the Virgin of Guadalupe as a modern woman, "a strong woman, like us." -- By Richard Benke, Associated Press
A highly controversial bikini-clad version of the Virgin Mary on display at a state museum has been described by its artist-a practicing Catholic -- as an expression of her personal faith. -- TROUBLE OVER BIKINI-CLAD VERSION OF THE VIRGIN MARY By Jeremy Reynalds
In another story spurred by an indecent Virgin Mary, the Albuquerque Journal reports that Archbishop Michael Sheehan called for Our Lady by Alma Lopez to be removed from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.
The archbishop of Santa Fe says a bikini-clad version of the Virgin Mary shown in a folk art museum depicts her "as if she were a tart" and should be removed. But Alma Lopez, the Los Angeles artist who designed the photo collage on a computer, says she doesn't see what's offensive about showing the Virgin of Guadalupe as a modern woman, "a strong woman, like us." -- Bikini Brouhaha Over Mary Painting
"Everyone seems to agree that this art is a flash point for a lot of other issues affecting the community," said Ice.--Depiction of the Virgin of Guadalupe Stirs Objections By HOLLIS WALKER
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.--Tumult Ends New Mexico Hearing on Virgin Picture By LESLIE HOFFMAN
The archbishop of Santa Fe says a bikini-clad version of the Virgin Mary shown in a folk art museum depicts her "as if she were a tart" and should be removed. -- Bikini-clad Virgin Mary draws fire
Lopez is expected to speak today at the New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe at a board of regents meeting, during which opponents and supporters will have a chance to voice their opinions about the controversial art piece, "Our Lady." - Artist defends 'Our Lady,' artistic vision By J.M. Barol
Hundreds who were turned away from the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents forum Wednesday jammed the foyer outside, shouting, praying and pushing against museum security guards before erupting into whoops and song when regents called off the event. "Cancel the meeting, cancel the meeting," the crowd chanted, loud enough to be heard by the regents inside the building.-- Shouts, Shoves, Prayers Filled Museum Foyer By Jennifer McKee
A row over a picture of the Virgin Mary wearing a floral bikini has broken out in the US state of New Mexico. -- Bikini-clad Madonna sparks anger
"I don't believe I'm promoting censorship," Sheehan said. "My objection to the picture is not on the basis of morals, as if the bishop was disapproving of a particular movie ... My objection is on the basis of the insult to the religious beliefs of a very large number of people that look at the Virgin Mary as being very holy. She is depicted in a floral bikini as if she were a tart."
The archbishop of Santa Fe says a bikini-clad version of the Virgin Mary shown in a folk art museum depicts her "as if she were a tart" and should be removed. --N.M. museum considers removing collage of bikini-clad Virgin Mary By The Associated Press
Santa Monica artist Alma Lopez will have to wait a little longer to find out the next step in the controversy over her digital collage "Our Lady." --MORNING REPORT By SHAUNA SNOW
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. -- Tumult Ends Hearing on Virgin Picture By Leslie Hoffman
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. --Museum Defends Bikini-Clad Virgin Mary
When regents of the Museum of New Mexico met to discuss a bikini-clad Virgin Mary collage, the discussion wasn't about sex or sacrilege. It was about seating. -- Museum board will reconvene to consider bikini-clad Virgin Mary artwork By Richard Benke
A Wednesday meeting of the regents of the Museum of New Mexico that would have decided the exhibit's fate was canceled after an overflow crowd caused concerns about fire safety. Regents will have to give 72 hours notice before rescheduling the meeting. -- Virgin Mary Hoopla by Jeremy Reynalds
“To depict the Virgin Mary in a floral bikini held aloft by a bare-breasted angel is to be insulting, even sacrilegious, to the many thousands of New Mexicans who have deep religious devotion to Guadalupe,” Archbishop Sheehan said March 26.
The archbishop of Santa Fe apparently feels strongly that clothes make a woman. He says a bikini-clad version of the Virgin Mary shown in a folk art museum depicts her "as if she were a tart" and should be removed.
When regents of the Museum of New Mexico met to discuss a bikini-clad Virgin Mary collage, the discussion wasn't about sex or sacrilege. It was about seating. -- Museum board meets to consider bikini-clad Virgin Mary artwork By The Associated Press
An image of the Virgin of Guadalupe that some New Mexicans find offensive should remain on display at a state museum, Gov. Gary Johnson said late last week. -- N.M. governor: Bikini-clad Virgin Mary should stay on display By The Associated Press
This week's art controversy is a row over a bikini clad virgin Mary, a digital image on display at the museum of international folk art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Catholic activists and elders find it offensive for they feel it shows the Madonna as a tart. The artist, Alma Lopez finds the uproar all very puzzling; all she wanted to show was the Virgin Mary as a modern day woman.
A near-riot by religiously inspired protestors caused the postponement of a community meeting called to discuss the controversial "Cyber Arte" exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, which includes Alma Lopez's digital depiction of a bikini-wearing Virgin Mary.
Anti-Catholicism has been called liberalism's anti-Semitism. With Alma Lopez's identification as a Chicana lesbian ("Sante Fe bishop says Guadalupe art 'sacrilegious,'" The Providence Visitor, April 5), just imagine where her political sympathies lie. -- Wrong to publicly fund sacrilegious art By Editor
Inside the sprawling Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe is a time bomb -- or so some people say. But on a recent quiet Tuesday afternoon, no one is holding signs, no one is shouting and pointing accusingly. Only a few people mill around the little room. Most are examining the less-controversial pieces of "Cyber Arte." By T.D. Mobley-Martinez
A group of prominent free speech organizations are encouraging the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents to uphold principles of artistic freedom as they prepare to discuss the fate of a controversial work of art in the Museum of International Folk Art.-- Free Speech Groups Encourage New Mexico Museum to Respect Artistic Freedom
The city and the Museum of New Mexico are going to great lengths to make it as easy as possible for people to voice their opinions about Our Lady, a controversial image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on display at the Museum of International Folk Art. -- City braces for 'Our Lady' talks
Museum of New Mexico regents will listen - but not vote - when the public comments Monday on a bare-midriff image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that has touched off a pre-Easter furor. -- Large crowd expected to protest museum exhibit By Richard Benke
I think that the hubbub over Alma Lopez's artwork "Our Lady" at Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art is more revealing of the viewers' psychologies and proclivities than it is about the actual image of the Virgin Mary. --LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, JEANNE WYSHAK Professor, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.
Lopez lacks not only talent but also artistic imagination. --LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, OLGA HAYEK, North Hollywood.
Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan's description of Lopez's Virgin as "a tart" and "a call girl" diminished his argument by reducing himself to the same level he seems to object to. -- LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, ANA SERRANO, La Puente.
I don't mind the interpretation, but I resent passing it off as art. --LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, RUDY KOESLER, Sun Valley.
The people demanding Alma Lopez's Virgin of Guadalupe be yanked off the walls of the Museum of International Folk Art would have you believe the Los Angeles artist has blazed a new trail in blasphemy by depicting Mary clad in a two-piece swimsuit. -- La Virgen Controversy Is An Old Fight By Leanne Potts
A hearing planned by New Mexico state museum officials to discuss artwork depicting the Virgin Mary in a bikini was canceled by them on Wednesday after a large angry crowd showed up.
In three-minute speeches, focus groups and group prayers, New Mexico residents broadcast their opinions Monday about a state museum exhibiting "Our Lady," an image of the Virgin Mary in a bathing suit of rose petals. -- 'Lady' Draws a Crowd By Morgan Lee
OUR LADY, a digital photograph depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe by Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez, is considered "offensive" by some members of the Catholic community who are asking that it be removed from an exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art.
"I was at the first meeting and I was appalled by the power and anger it created," Kelly said. "I understand why people feel so passionate about it, but we're making such a big deal out of it. The thing is, it's not a masterpiece. It's all right, but it's not a masterpiece." -- Vehement feelings flow from orderly gathering By J.M. Baról
OUR LADY, a digital photograph depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe by Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez, is considered "offensive" by some members of the Catholic community who are asking that it be removed from an exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art. -- OUR LADY BY ALMA LOPEZ TRIGGERS CONTROVERSY IN SANTA FE
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 Wednesday to address Catholic-led protests over the image. -- Tumult ends New Mexico hearing on Virgin picture By Leslie Hoffman
A New Mexico museum said it will consider statements made at a public hearing on Monday and make a decision regarding a controversial photo collage that depicts the Our Lady of Guadalupe in bikini. -- New Mexico Museum Listens To Protests Over Mary Image
The New Mexico case is intriguing because it tests the boundaries between art meant to invoke feelings of religious devotion and art meant to shed starkly disturbing light on ancient religious values.-- When art is repressed, we miss message By Bill Tammeus
Some people pleaded against censorship, but many more urged the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe to remove a bare-midriff depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe that they said was disrespectful and offensive. --Critics Slam Collage of Virgin in Bikini From Times Wire Reports
Virgin Mary Debate: Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan and other Roman Catholics on Monday urged the removal of a photo collage by Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez from Santa Fe's state-run Museum of International Folk Art, saying the work depicted the Virgin Mary as "a tart."--MORNING REPORT By SHAUNA SNOW
Roman Catholics asked museum officials Monday to remove an image of a scantily clad Virgin Mary from a photo collage, but other members of the public asked them not to censor art. -- Museum Forum on Controversial Mary By RICHARD BENKE, Associated Press Writer
Kimberly Rodriguez, 11, was supposed to be attending Chimayó Elementary School on Monday. Instead, she came to Santa Fe with her aunt, Lynn Martinez, and stood outside Sweeney Centerholding a sign saying, "Jesus teaches us purity and modesty, not nudity and vulgarity." -- The debate rages on By Anne Constable (Includes many Reader Opinion Statements)
Some people pleaded against censorship, but many more urged the Museum of New Mexico yesterday to remove a bare-midriff depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe that they said was disrespectful and offensive. -- Museum regents hear comments on controversial collage By The Associated Press
OUR LADY, a digital photograph depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe by Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez, is considered "offensive" by some members of the Catholic community who are asking that it be removed from an exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art. -- OUR LADY BY ALMA LOPEZ TRIGGERS CONTROVERSY IN SANTA FE
Her body is beautiful, brown and strong like the earth. Yet, you can't get Raquel Salinas to say much about herself without causing her to choke up with emotion. -- THE BODY OF THE SACRED FEMININE By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
The tearing down of a Mexican national spiritual symbol is a political subversive act from the U.S. side of the border. Some Chicanos and Chicanas, because of the onslaught on our culture by the dominant majority, have been weakened morally and have lost the common sense of what is proper and good. -- Lesbians Insult "La Virgen de Guadalupe" By La Voz de Aztlan Editorial
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. -- Episode 431: April 27, 2001* The Battle Over "Our Lady": Faith and Art Collide in Santa Fe
Lopez views her work as part of a long Chicana tradition. "I'm not the first at all to have done an image of the Virgen de Guadalupe and portrayed her a little differently. It goes back to the '60s and '70s," she said, referring to artists such as San Francisco-based Esther Hernandez and Yolanda Lopez. "Their work wasn't disrespectful and my work isn't either. It's not about knocking La Virgen's image as a mother but about showing alternative identities that illustrate more the lived realities of Chicanas." -- Some Like A Virgin, Some Don't: Alma Lopez generates controversy in New Mexico by Nancy Warren
And it is precisely this group—those who knowingly provide false information—that is responsible for much of today’s Catholic bashing. This is especially true of artists. -- OUTING ARTISTS
A SANTA MONICA ARTIST has stirred a storm of protest for her depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a young Latina in the buff, according to an April 4 Los Angeles Times report.
Catholic activists have described the digital collage, by Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez, as disgusting and insulting and said they want it removed. -- Bikini-clad Madonna sparks anger
The Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents was overwhelmed Wednesday by a crowd estimated between 700 and 800 people who turned out to debate whether museum officials should remove a bare-midriff image of the Virgin Mary from the state Museum of International Folk Art. "In my wildest dreams, I never imagined 750 to 800 people would show up," said Wood "Mike" Arnold, president of the seven-member board. -- Bikini-clad Virgin Mary draws fire
Archbishop Michael Sheehan weighed in with a statement criticizing 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."
By now most of you have heard about the "Our Lady" controversy here in New Mexico. The International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe is exhibiting Cyber Arte with "computer-inspired work by contemporary Hispana/Chicana/Latina artists, all of who intentionally combine elements traditionally defined as 'folk' with current computer technology to create a new aesthetic." -- Emboldened NM Catholics Lash Out By Floyd Vasquez
Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan said the photograph shows insensitivity to a large segment of Santa Feans and a carelessness in the administration of a state-funded institution. A recent meeting by the museum’s regents to discuss the work was cancelled after 750 protesters showed up.
The furor over the digital image of the Lady of Guadalupe has extended far beyond the walls of the Museum of International Folk Art and the Santa Fe city limits. -- Artist opposes 'Bikini Virgin' By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
In the name of the Virgencita de Guadalupe ... I confess that I am a Guadalupana and a Buddhist. Bless me Guadalupe-Tonantzin, for I do not pray to you the way my mother does. I see you as the female face of sacred life, Grandmother Earth; the feminine presence of God, of Life, of Creation itself. -- LUPE AND THE BUDDHA By Patrisia Gonzales
Hôm 16.04.2001, tr??c nh?ng l?i ph?n ??i c?a ng??i Công Giáo t?i ti?u bang này và ? nh?ng n?i khác, H?i ??ng qu?n tr? vi?n b?o tàng ? ti?u bang New Mexico m? m?t cu?c ?i?u tr?n và s? có quy?t ??nh ??i v?i b?c hình c?a ngh? si˜ Alma Lopez mô t? <ETH>?c M? Guadalupe m?c ?? t?m 2 m?nh.-- PH?N <ETH>?I NH?O BÁNG HÌNH ?NH M? MARIA
A collage of the Virgin of Guadalupe clad in a flowery two-piece swimsuit will remain on display at a state-run museum despite protests from some Roman Catholics. -- Museum OK's Scantily Clad Virgin by: Deborah Baker
Instead of showing her as the innocent Mother of Jesus, she is shown as a tart or a street woman, not the Mother of God! -- Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan on Our Lady of Guadalupe Portrayal
The Committee on Sensitive Materials recommended today that "Our Lady" by Los Angeles artist Alma L¢pez remain on display at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. The "Cyber Arte: Tradition Meets Technology" exhibit of which it is a part is to remain up until next February. --Committee on Sensitive Materials Disputed 'Our Lady' will stay, panel rules By Deborah Baker, The Associated Press
A collage of the Virgin of Guadalupe clad in a flowery two-piece swimsuit will remain on display at a state-run museum despite protests from some Roman Catholics. -- Scantily clad Virgin Mary image to remain on exhibit in New Mexico
A state-funded New Mexico museum has decided to leave a controversial collage depicting the Virgin Mary in a bikini on display despite objections from Catholics. -- Controversial Mary Collage Back On Display
A collage depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe clad in a floral bikini will stay on display despite protests from some Catholics. -- Bikini-clad Madonna escapes censors
A collage of the Virgin of Guadalupe clad in a flowery two-piece swimsuit will remain on display at a state-run museum despite protests from some Roman Catholics.
A state-funded New Mexico museum has decided to leave a controversial collage depicting the Virgin Mary in a bikini on display despite objections from Catholics. -- EWTNews Brief CONTROVERSIAL MARY COLLAGE BACK ON DISPLAY
A collage of the Virgin of Guadalupe clad in a flowery two-piece swimsuit will remain on display at a state-run museum despite protests from some Roman Catholics. -- N.M. museum to keep bikini-clad Virgin on exhibit By The Associated Press
A collage of the Virgin of Guadalupe clad in a flowery swimsuit — a work both denounced as disrespectful and defended as free expression — will stay on the wall of a state-run museum. -- New Mexico Museum to Continue Display of Scantily Clad Virgin Mary
A collage of the Virgin of Guadalupe clad in a flowery bikini--a work both denounced as disrespectful and defended as free expression--will stay at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. -- Bikini-Clad 'Our Lady' Will Remain on Display From Times Wire Reports
A collage of the Virgin of Guadalupe clad in a flowery two-piece swimsuit will remain on display at a state-run museum despite protests from some Roman Catholics. --N.M. Museum Keeps Virgin Mary Image By DEBORAH BAKER, Associated Press Writer
The bikini-clad image of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Our Lady, a collage by lesbian artist Alma Lopez, will remain in the exhibit “Cyber Arte: Tradition Meets Technology,” according to the BBC. -- Bikini-clad Virgin of Guadalupe stays in N.M. exhibit
The EWTN Catholic news site reports that despite protests, a controversial image of the Blessed Virgin Mary will remain on display in a museum in Santa Fe, N.M. The work in question is a collage by artist Alma Lopez, in which an attractive young woman in a floral bikini represents Mary. Stop Attacking Our Lady - A lovely image, and a misplaced protest. By Michael Potemra
My name is Luisa Martinez and I am originally from South America, my religion is catholic and it doesn't matter if I am a practicing catholic or not but I still respect the beliefs of others.
In the wake of the decision to keep an image of a scantily clad Virgin Mary on display in Santa Fe through October, state museum officials now are promising to reconsider how they treat sensitive subjects, while local and national critics of the image are scheduling prayer vigils. -- 'Our Lady' Protests Planned By Morgan Lee
On May 23, 2001, the Museum of New Mexico Committee on Sensitive Materials recommended that the work remain on display. We congratulate the Committee's decision and applaud the Museum's responsible way of handling the controversy through public programming and discussions where all sides were able to express their positions. It is regretful, however, that as a compromise the duration of the whole exhibit was shortened by several months. We hope that this action will not set a pattern of compromise where the desire to avoid conflict trumps the right of artists to express unpopular ideas and the right of the audience to see challenging work.
Georgia Carson is an Anglo and a relative newcomer to Santa Fe and belongs to a church that includes the cross but not statues and effigies in worship. None of these facts should determine whether she is qualified to be a docent at the Museum of New Mexico, Carson believes. And for the five years she has conducted tours of the Museum of International Folk Art her credentials have never been questioned. -- 'Our Lady' correspondence reveals rift By Anne Constable (Includes many Reader Opinion Statements)
A museum committee recommended Tuesday that ''Our Lady,'' by Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez, continue on display at the Museum of International Folk Art. However, the entire exhibit of which it is a part will close earlier than previously scheduled. -- Museum backs exhibit with bikini-clad Virgin Mary Art protest By Deborah Baker , Associated Press
Her image of the Virgin has been called "a tart," but Alma Lopez sees only feminist strength. -- Our Lady of Controversy By Agustin Gurza
Tey Marianna Nunn hesitated--briefly--before including a semi-nude image of the Virgin of Guadalupe in an exhibition of some 30 digital works by four Latina artists at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M. What gave her pause, she says, were the bare breasts of the female angel holding up the modern Madonna clad in a floral bikini. -- Santa Fe Museum Offers Compromise
Southern California artist Alma Lopez says she doesn't understand why some people consider her representation of the Virgin Mary offensive. -- Artist Lopez Defends Work By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The artist who depicted the Virgin of Guadalupe wearing a floral bikini has defended her work, saying she does not see anything wrong with it. -- Artist defends bikini-clad Madonna
Southern California artist Alma Lopez says she doesn't understand why some people are bothered by her representation of the Virgin Mary. -- Artist Lopez defends computer collage of Virgin Mary By The Associated Press
Southern California artist Alma Lopez says she doesn’t understand why some people consider her representation of the Virgin Mary offensive. -- Artist Lopez Defends Work
An art work depicting Our Lady of Guadalupe--the popular Hispanic image of the Virgin Mary--on view at the Museum of International Folk Art, a branch of Santa Fe's Museum of New Mexico, has stirred a heated local controversy comparable to the one caused by Chris Ofili's Madonna in the Brooklyn Museum's "Sensation" show two years ago [see "Front Page," Nov. '99]. --Santa Fe Madonna Sparks Firestorm - Brief Article Art in America, June, 2001 by Sarah S. King
Out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, comes the kind of story one just does not read about every day.1 On one side stands the Archbishop of Santa Fe and presumably some outraged New Mexicans. On the other side stands an LA artist, Alma Lopez. In the middle sit the regents of the Museum Of New Mexico because of what hangs on one of their walls. -- Mary In A Bikini?..... By Neal Pollard
The protests around "Our Lady" reflect the difficulty of the U.S. proposition that Church and State be separate. When artists create a secularized image of a religious icon, which has supernatural meaning to a faith-based community, all hell can break loose. What is often meant as a positive reflection of contemporary society can be interpreted as overtly hostile and derogatory by the faithful.-- First Serrano, Then Ofili, Now Lopez - U.S. Struggle Between the Secular and the Sacred Continues By Clayton Campbell
Santa Monica artist Alma Lopez, whose semi-nude digital collage of the Virgin of Guadalupe remains a focus of protest in Santa Fe, N.M., is finding out that there is no such thing as bad PR. -- Virgin Uproar Prompts 2nd Show By Shauna Snow
JJ:Can you offer any advice to other striving artists ?
Alma: Be true to yourself.
Alma Lopez, according to her friends and fellow artists, feared leaving her Los Angeles home for the opening Friday of "Las Malcriadas ... coloring out of the lines" at Emanations Studio Gallery in Santa Fe. -- 'Our Lady' Artist Supported By Joseph Ditzler
Contemporary Chicano art is increasingly manifesting the deep spiritual void that exists in Aztlan today. The trend among some Chicano artists to denigrate what Mexican culture considers holy is indicative of a loss of soul and of the quest to regain it. -- Chicanos in Search of their Souls By Hector Carreon
Tác ph?m này do ngh? si˜ Alma Lopez, s?ng t?i Los Angeles th?c hi?n t? nh?ng m?nh gi?y nh? và ???c dán l?i. T?ng Giám m?c Michael Sheehan t?c gi?n lên án ngh? si˜ ?ã phác h?a ??c m? nh? th? m?t “ph? n? h? h?ng”.
A phone interview with Museum Regent Frank V. Ortiz, who compared the exhibit to racial epithets and suggested Hispanic representation among docents is inadequate according to documents released by the Museum of New Mexico. Ortiz said his written comments were motivated by a widespread lack of appreciation for the museum's impact on traditional culture among local residents. Ortiz received both a call by museum volunteers for his resignation and a strong rebuke from top administrators.
I have a difficult time believing Alma Lopez's stated reasons for creating her so-called "feminist" version of Our Lady of Guadalupe ("Our Lady of Controversy," by Agustin Gurza, May 27). -- That Was No Lady by GABRIELA MAFI
On May 22, 2001, the Museum of New Mexico Committee on Sensitive Materials recommended that OUR LADY -- a work by Los Angeles artists Alma Lopez which is included in the exhibition CYBER ARTE: WHERE TRADITION MEETS TECHNOLOGY at the Museum of International Folk Art -- remain on display.-- New Mexico Museum Committee Recommends That Alma Lopez's Our Lady Remain On Display
The Committee recognized the right of members of the community to disagree with the Museum of International Folk Art's presentation, but it noted, among other points that "The Museum of International Folk Art selected the works in the Cyber Arte exhibition in the spirit of free exchange of ideas and mutual respect for various points of view. Under their agreement with the Museum of International Folk Art, the artists selected for inclusion in the exhibition have rights under the First Amendment to have their works displayed free of censorship or other interference." -- NEW MEXICO MUSEUM COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT ALMA LOPEZ'S OUR LADY REMAIN ON DISPLAY
Critics of "Our Lady," an image of the Virgin Mary clothed in flower garlands, have appealed a decision by the Museum of New Mexico to keep the artwork on display. An appeal filed by Deacon Anthony Trujillo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish asks the museum to remove the entire exhibit containing "Our Lady" and contends that the Museum of New Mexico violated its own policies by not considering the spiritual concerns of the Roman Catholic Community in northern New Mexico. -- 'Our Lady' Decision Appealed By Morgan Lee
A museum committee recommended Tuesday that "Our Lady," by Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez, continue on display at the Museum of International Folk Art. However, the entire exhibit of which it is a part will close earlier than previously scheduled.
Nearly a thousand Catholics gathered and prayed in front of Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art to express their outrage at an exhibit they considered blasphemous. The June 30 rally centered on Alma Lopez's "Our Lady," an "art" display that has divided this New Mexican city for months. -- Catholics to Santa Fe Museum: Keep Blasphemy Out!
Just when blasphemy is withdrawn from one place, it rears its ugly head in another. This time in New Mexico. -- Our Lady of Guadalupe Insulted, This Isn't Just Any Blasphemy!
The controversial "Santa Fe Madonna," source of an ongoing uproar in New Mexico, has escaped censorship, at least for the moment [see "Front Page," June '01]. --Santa Fe Madonna Resists Censors - Museum of International Folk Art - Brief Article Art in America, July, 2001 by Stephanie Cash, David Ebony
Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez's depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a naked young woman with only roses to cover her private parts continues. (For previous coverage, see the May 2001 Mission.) The center of the controversy, the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, decided on Tuesday, May 22, to allow Lopez's "Our Lady" to remain on display, though it announced that the exhibition in which the image is featured would end in October 2001 instead of February 2002, as had been originally planned.--THE CONTROVERSY OVER
I find it interesting that there are plenty of well-regarded works of art featuring semi-nude or nude male religious figures (Michelangelo's David, numerous representations of Christ, etc.), yet when an artist chooses to represent a female religious figure with a bare belly, arms and legs, it is considered degrading and disrespectful. -- By SHEILA PECK
About 400 people came to the state Museum of International Folk Art for Saturday morning's rally against Our Lady, Alma López's controversial digital collage. About 100 showed up Saturday afternoon to meet the Los Angeles artist at the closing reception for her show at the Emanations Studio Gallery. -- 400 protest 'Our Lady' By TOM SHARPE
Hundreds of people gathered at the state Museum of International Folk Art on Saturday for the latest protest against a display that includes a digital collage portraying the Virgin of Guadalupe wearing a flowery bikini.-- Hundreds protest bikini-clad Virgin By The Associated Press
Hundreds of people gathered at the state Museum of International Folk Art Saturday for the latest protest against a display that includes a digital collage portraying the Virgin of Guadalupe wearing a flowery bikini. -- Hundreds gather, protest art exhibit
Without freedom of expression, the United States would be impoverished -- a cultural wasteland in which the majority of the people could impose its taste on the rest of us. -- Freedoms collide in world of art By Robert Seltzer
RE: LETTER IN which Archbishop Michael Sheehan was criticized for his opposition to the work "Our Lady" by Alma Lopez. According to the author of the letter, the archbishop was wrong for not seeing the piece as enlightening to Catholics, and was accused of being archaic in his thinking. -- Persecution Reveals True Disciples by FR. GUY ROBERTS, St. Patrick's-St Joseph's Church, Raton
Alma Lopez is no practicing Catholic, at least not in her presentation of Catholicism. Does she have gender issues and a persecution complex? You bet. But don't blame it on Catholicism. -- Robert D. Martinez, Albuquerque
The board that oversees state museums will not make a quick decision whether to remove a controversial image of the Virgin of Guadalupe from a museum wall, the new chairman says. That means the art work could remain on display until Oct. 28-when it's scheduled to be removed-without the board of regents ever deciding its fate. (Includes many Reader Opinion Statements)-- Regent chairman: no swift action on Virgin of Guadalupe By The Associated Press
Most of what he has made for this year's Spanish Market is in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He is doing that in response to the recent controversy over the Alma Lopez photo-collage of a scantily clad Virgin de Guadalupe at the Museum of International Folk Art. --Furniture maker and santero's greatest love is creating pieces for churches Story by David Steinberg Photographs by Rose Palmisano Of the Journal
But the year has proved more exciting than officials expected. I was shocked when an acquaintance in Santa Fe called several months ago to talk about a controversy that had landed right on the museum's front door. Actually, right in its Hispanic Heritage Wing, where "Cyber Arte: Tradition Meets Technology" has stirred protests over an artist's depiction of the Virgin of Guadalupe. -- Voelz Chandler: Religion, art clash in Santa Fe By Mary Voelz Chandler
A large proportion of recent art controversies have focused on women artists. Is that coincidental? In our preoccupation with the present we often forget the historical continuity of what appear to be isolated incidents. -- More Women in Trouble - The Limits of Artistic Freedom: Women Artists and Censorchip
Critics of a collage showing the Virgin of Guadalupe with a bare midriff have asked a judge to order it taken off the wall of a state-run museum. -- Bare midriff gets museum in trouble
Critics of a collage showing the Virgin of Guadalupe with a bare midriff have asked a judge to order it taken off the wall of a state-run museum. They contend officials didn't follow museum policies and state law when they decided to leave the work by Los Angeles artist Alma Lopez hanging at the Museum of International Folk Art.
Critics of a collage showing the Virgin of Guadalupe with a bare midriff have asked a judge to order it taken off the wall of a state-run museum.
A controversial portrait of the Virgin of Guadalupe wearing a floral bikini will remain on show after a US court refused to order a gallery to take it down. -- Bikini-clad Madonna can stay
Our program will focus on the rights individuals and institutions have under the first amendment to the constitution. We will then look at the specific situation at the Folk Art Museum. Dr. Joyce Ice the Director of the Folk Art Museum and Dr. Tom Wilson, Director of Museums for the State will talk about their decision to hang the exhibit and the compromise they made on the exhibit.
When the Folk Art Museum of New Mexico Director Tom Wilson, Dr. Joyce Ice and Tey Nunn decided to present the Bikini woman super-imposed on the Mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe , a chapel with an alter, candles, gift basket , tabernacle and kneeler, mocking the Spanish culture and Catholic church, members of HCPL and other organizations, voiced opposition, attended rallies, wrote letters and were present at the Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Santa Fe on November 28, 2001.-- Report on the Legislative Finance Committee Meeting by Conchita Lucero
The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, showed a photo collage by Alma Lopez that replaced the traditional image of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a woman in a rose petal bikini; a bare-breasted woman appeared below her as a cherub. Local Catholics, led by Archbishop Michael Sheehan, protested. As more people learned of the artwork, which was part of an exhibition that started February 25, the controversy picked up, especially in the spring. Parishioners from Our Lady of Guadalupe were the most vocal. The artist argued that she was being victimized because she was Mexican, yet failed to explain why most of her critics were also Mexican. Archbishop Sheehan was branded by Bill Tammeus of the Kansas City Star as an example of an American Taliban. --Catholic League's 2001 Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism
Chicana writer Gloria Anzaldua says that "Today, la Virgen de Guadalupe is the single most potent religious, political and cultural image of the Chicano/Mexicano. She, like my race, is a synthesis of the old-world and the new, of the religion and culture of the two races in our psyche, the conquerors and conquered." -- La Virgen de Guadalupe: The Light of La Raza By Chuy Valera
A Selective Timeline of Censorship in the U.S.A. : Catholic groups in Santa Fe, New Mexico attack a computer-edited photo collage by Los Angeles artist Alma López. The Museum of New Mexico Committee on Sensitive Materials recommends that the work remain on display but shortens the duration of the whole exhibit.