Las Siete Palabras (painting)
Artist: Ernie Sandidge
Date of Action: November 2001
Region: North America
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Confronting Bodies: Tennessee Arts Commission
Description of Artwork: The piece features a nude woman in the arms of a man in a red uniform of a Catholic fraternity which shares the painting's title. The painting "refers to a catholic fraternity of the same name in Seville, Spain who conduct religious processions during Semana Santa. At the time the fraternity excluded women from those processions." -- the artist
The Incident: After accepting the art in November 2001, the TAC gallery later rejected Sandidge's entire exposition, citing a "no nudes" policy with which the offending art piece conflicted.
Results of Incident: In spite of protest from the artist and a letter from NCAC, the paintings were not restored.
See also http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/silenced-sexuality/Content?oid=1194706