Date: 1840 - 1917
Region: North America
Artist: August Rodin
Confronting Bodies: The directors of art museum at Brigham Young University in Utah
Dates of Action: 1997
Location: The art museum at Brigham Young University, Utah
Description of Artwork: The Kiss, Saint John the Baptist Preaching, The Prodigal Son, and Monument to Balzac -four nude or semi-nude seminal sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), the great French sculptor of the XIX century.
The Incident: The works were considered offensive to community morals and religious views by directors of the church-sponsored art museum at Brigham Young University in Utah. Curator of the traveling exhibit, Rachael Blackburn, reportedly has said that the university officials were troubled by the poses and presentations.
Results of Incident: The four sculptures were pulled from the travelling exhibition or Rodin's work.