a tale of a few cities

No Doubt a Big Yawn For Europeans, Not so The US

Posted in Art by petercombe on September 1, 2009

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The galleries at the New York’s Metropolitan Museum displayed a new nude on Wednesday—but this one wasn’t a sculpture. It was a 26-year-old model named Kathleen Neill, who streaked the Arms and Armor gallery for an artist who photographs nudes in public places. Everything was going according to plan for Neill and photographer Zach Hyman—until the museum’s security force caught on. “I had to make sure that girl was turned over to the police,” a guard in the gallery said. “There were little kids in here watching the whole thing.” Police arrested Neill for public lewdness. But the meaning of the whole debacle wasn’t lost on visitors in the room. “I thought it was cool to juxtapose the nude woman with the art in the room,” said one tourist. “I was surprised by how many people didn’t even notice her.”

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