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
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.