Gay Marriage Sculpture Vandalized At Los Angeles Museum
A pro-marriage equality sculpture that is part of an exhibition at The Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles was vandalized earlier this week. The piece featured a pair of male grooms on top of a wedding cake.
The vandalism took place on Tuesday, so it doesn't appear to be a direct response to this week's Prop 8 ruling, which came down on Wednesday but one may never know.
The LA Times reports:
"The two guys were unfortunately torn off and thrown about the gallery along with some other embellishments,” says Eilen R. Stewart, the museum's exhibitions and publicity coordinator. “Whether this was done by someone who had heard that the judge’s ruling was coming or someone who was just expressing their anger, we don’t know."
A group of high schoolers had visited the museum that day but it is unclear if they had anything to do with the indicent.
Artist Susan Tibbles originally made the assemblage, consisting of found objects, as an illustration for a 2008 L.A. Times opinion piece by Nancy Polikoff, “Marriage Isn’t the Half of It." The artwork reached the Craft and Folk Art Museum as part of a group show, “Some Assembly Required: Race, Gender and Globalization.”
The museum plans to ship the work back to the artist for repair, hoping it can go back on view before the show closes on Sept. 12. In the meantime, the artist and museum both are still trying to make sense of the violent act. “I was surprised this happened,” says Tibbles. “It’s just a sweet little cake with a little message on it--well, a big message I think. For me the upsetting thing is thinking that it might be an 18-year old who did this. It makes you wonder what we are teaching our kids.”
There's a good chance we may never know who did this because the exhibition space that housed the sculpture did not have any security cameras.