Monday, December 8, 2014

U. of Iowa Orders Professor to Remove Public Artwork Depicting Ku Klux Klan Robe

The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 8th, 2014

Officials at the University of Iowa took down a public art display on Friday after students complained about the piece’s use of Ku Klux Klan imagery.
The artwork—by Serhat Tayolacar, a visiting professor at the university—is a seven-foot-tall fabric sculpture in the shape of a KKK robe, imprinted with newspaper headlines about killings of black Americans. Mr. Tayolacar placed the sculpture in a much-trafficked campus spot, he said, to show solidarity with students who were protesting the lack of an indictment against the police officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
“My entire intention was creating awareness but in a peaceful and silent way,” he told the Associated Press.
But many students found the image offensive, one knocked the sculpture over, and university police officers told Mr. Tayolacar to remove the piece. “There is no room for divisive, insensitive, and intolerant displays on this campus,” the university said in a statement.

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