Magazine article American Libraries

Birmingham PL Reverses Art Ban after Complaints from Public

Magazine article American Libraries

Birmingham PL Reverses Art Ban after Complaints from Public

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Three paintings depicting a woman breastfeeding a baby were returned to an art exhibition at the Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library following public complaints about the library's decision to ban the artworks.

The paintings were among six that library officials had barred in early July from the "Momart" exhibit by sisters Jean and Teresa Campbell, consisting of some 40 works depicting various aspects of motherhood. Teresa Campbell returned to her home in California shortly after the exhibit opened, taking two of the banned pieces with her; one other was sold following an invitation-only reception (where the controversial works were allowed to be shown) before the public opening.

Complaints to the library following an article on the ban in the Birmingham News prompted the library to reconsider its decision, Coordinator for Research Services Anne Knight told the News July 11. "Our basic stance is that there is so much public interest stirred up by this whole thing that if the public wants to view them and there's that much interest, we ought to let them," Knight said. …

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