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MidtownGuy
March 31st, 2007, 01:22 PM
By LARRY McSHANE, Associated Press Writer Fri Mar 30, 4:59 PM ET
NEW YORK - A planned Holy Week exhibition of a nude, anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ was canceled Friday after Cardinal Edward Egan and other outraged Catholics complained.


The "My Sweet Lord" display was shut down by the hotel that houses the Lab Gallery in midtown Manhattan. Roger Smith Hotel president James Knowles cited the public outcry for his decision.

The reaction "is crystal clear and has brought to our attention the unintended reaction of you and other conscientious friends of ours to the exhibition," Knowles wrote in the two-paragraph cancellation notice.

Matt Semler, the gallery's creative director, resigned in protest.

The six-foot sculpture was the victim of "a strong-arming from people who haven't seen the show, seen what we're doing," Semler said. "They jumped to conclusions completely contrary to our intentions."

But word of the confectionary Christ infuriated Catholics, including Egan, who described it as "a sickening display." Bill Donohue, head of the watchdog Catholic League, said it was "one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever."

The hotel and the gallery were overrun Thursday with angry phone calls and e-mails about the exhibit. Semler said the calls included death threats over the work of artist Cosimo Cavallaro, who was described as disappointed by the decision to cancel the display.

"In this situation, the hotel couldn't continue to be supportive because of a fear for their own safety," Semler said.

The sculpture was to debut Monday evening, the day after Palm Sunday and just four days before Christians mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday. The final day of the exhibit was planned for Easter Sunday.

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.

Cavallaro hoped the sculpture could go on display elsewhere, according to Semler.

Cavallaro is best known for his quirky work with food as art: Past efforts include repainting a Manhattan hotel room in melted mozzarella, spraying five tons of pepper jack cheese on a Wyoming home, and festooning a four-poster bed with 312 pounds of processed ham.

ryan
March 31st, 2007, 01:36 PM
Not like they wanted to make him out of dung... pretty sure Jesus had a penis. Really requires photos:

http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2007/03/sweetlordAP_450x522.jpg

Looks like of like a burn victim though. That's gross.

MidtownGuy
March 31st, 2007, 01:50 PM
I had wanted to check this out on Monday- it's just down the street.:mad:

Can't help but be reminded of the Chris Ofili/Brooklyn Museum hullabaloo.


Semler said the calls included death threats over the work of artist Cosimo Cavallaro,

How very Christian of them. Some of those same people probably try to paint Muslims as fanatics.

ablarc
March 31st, 2007, 03:03 PM
Death threats aren't Christian. Must be phony Christians.

ryan
March 31st, 2007, 03:14 PM
Hypocritical invective seems pretty Christian to me.

ablarc
March 31st, 2007, 03:18 PM
Hypocritical invective seems pretty Christian to me.
Only if you mistake phony Christians for real ones.

Fabrizio
March 31st, 2007, 03:50 PM
I'd say he looks more like a chocolate-dipped business man.

Here he is... complete with nutrition facts.

ZippyTheChimp
March 31st, 2007, 04:48 PM
I guess we won't be seeing a reprise, the Immaculate Confection.

I'm glad it wasn't a Chocolate Mohammed.

ryan
March 31st, 2007, 05:11 PM
I'd say he looks more like a chocolate-dipped business man.

Seriously, Jesus isn't Jesus without the hair.

Fabrizio
March 31st, 2007, 05:42 PM
Yes the hair... and I want my Jesus with blue eyes, good dental work and a nice blouson by Dolce&Gabbana....

http://www2.jsonline.com:80/letsgo/movies/wishollywood/images/jefferyhunterbig.jpg

Punzie
April 1st, 2007, 02:06 PM
http://imgsrv.1010wins.com/image/DbGraphic/200703/481613.jpg

Oh dear, as if he had not had enough problems...:o

infoshare
April 1st, 2007, 08:32 PM
http://imgsrv.1010wins.com/image/DbGraphic/200703/481613.jpg

Oh dear, as if he had not had enough problems...:o

Viewing that image once again I am reminded the comic remark posted earlier (by ZippyTC) and get a good chuckle ...... 'the immaculate confection' :D :eek: :D

That one just cracks me up!

undertoes
April 1st, 2007, 10:33 PM
Some people are so freaking sensitive.

Ninjahedge
April 2nd, 2007, 10:13 AM
Not like they wanted to make him out of dung... pretty sure Jesus had a penis.

It is important to have a penis on a chocolate jesus!!!!


Irony being (in more ways than one), why does it look like a caucasian Jesus?

Punzie
April 2nd, 2007, 05:09 PM
Irony being (in more ways than one), why does it look like a caucasian Jesus?
:rolleyes: Duh... because Man created God in his own image.

Meet the artist:

http://www.artnet.com/magazine/features/robinson/Images/robinson3-26-4.jpg
Cosimo Cavallaro in the Artnet.com offices, 2002


Source:
http://www.artnet.com/magazine/features/robinson/robinson3-26-4.asp

Punzie
April 2nd, 2007, 05:26 PM
Found on the home page of Cosimo Cavallaro's brand new website:

http://www.cosimocavallaro.com/pics/full/christfrontpage.jpg

Source: http://www.cosimocavallaro.com/

Ninjahedge
April 2nd, 2007, 05:27 PM
Um.....

Why is he giving us the "hidden finger"?

(The artist, that is...)

OmegaNYC
April 2nd, 2007, 05:39 PM
All that chocolate... And Easter is right around the corner.

Punzie
April 2nd, 2007, 05:48 PM
Looks like somebody helped himself (or herself) to an early treat.:eek::D


(Hey, Omega, aren't you supposed to be in forensics class right now?)

OmegaNYC
April 2nd, 2007, 06:30 PM
yeah... at 7:05. Why you gotta remind me!

ryan
April 2nd, 2007, 06:46 PM
Finished jesus looks much more delicious than the one I posted.

In other unclothed jesus news, no one's shuttered Kid Robot for this:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/417870717_ce5838275e.jpg

Ninjahedge
April 3rd, 2007, 09:24 AM
All that chocolate... And Easter is right around the corner.

Don't you go breaking off his ears now!!!!


Finished jesus looks much more delicious than the one I posted.

In other unclothed jesus news, no one's shuttered Kid Robot for this:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/417870717_ce5838275e.jpg

Why does this look like some sort of perverted nude disco?

ZippyTheChimp
April 4th, 2007, 06:49 PM
More Jesus statuary in the news