Reviewed by Angel Curtis
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In 2001, “Our Lady,” a piece in the Cyber Arte: Tradition Meets Technology exhibition, opened in New Mexico. The ensuing mean and threatening controversy left both the artist and exhibit curator traumatized.
This volume is a collection of essays resulting from the controversy. They examine the issues from the fields of art history, Chicana cultural studies, literary studies, queer studies, religious studies, and feminist studies perspectives.
Highly academic, this book is not a light read. It is, however, a critical read for anyone who wants to understand the role of censorship in modern society.
Palm Trees on the Hudson may be a bit of a challenge to find, but it’s very much worth the look. Once you start this book, you’ll have a dickens of a time putting it down.
Our Lady of Controversy: Alma López’s “Irreverent Apparition”
Edited by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Alma López
2011, University of Texas Press (utexas.edu/utpress).
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