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Town Council Decides That No Nudes Are Good Nudes

January 16, 1986|JENNINGS PARROTT

--The City Council in Fitzgerald, Ga., fearing that children might peek under a drape covering two paintings of nude women, has canceled an art exhibition at a library. The nudes were part of a 12-piece exhibition by Athens, Ga., artist Jeff Hull. "People may call it art, but I don't," City Council member Prentice Brown said. "There are moral factors involved, particularly in the case of our young kids." "There is nothing pornographic or obscene about these paintings," library director Carl Heffington said. "In fact, some people have remarked that there is an almost madonna-esque quality to it." Councilman James Sowell objected even to the drapes, saying young children could peek under. "I did see a couple of boys do it and giggle, just like they do with our art books and our weightlifting books for women and our National Geographics," Heffington admitted. "But in any library in the country, if you removed everything with profanity or nudity in it, you would have to take out more than half the collection."

--A former beauty queen and model who appeared in a campaign ad wearing an evening gown, peeking coyly over a bare shoulder, lost a school board election in Hoboken, N.J., by a wide margin. Evelyn Arroyo, who said she distributed the photo because "I wanted to get people's attention," received 407 votes--less than one-fourth the votes of winner Eugene Drayton, a police officer who had 1,923 votes, and runner-up Lourdes Arroyo, who had 1,696 votes. The Arroyo women are not related. "It was my idea," said Evelyn Arroyo, 21. "I wanted to get people's attention." William Metcalf, an opponent in the election, called the ad "disgusting." The loser was cheerful, saying the publicity might further her modeling or acting career.

--To Peter Sellars, head of the American National Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, what could be more appropriate than having a robot star as artist Andy Warhol on stage? Sellars is working on a one-robot show based on Warhol's words, wisdom and personality. "He has not been working with us that closely but he's pretty cheerful about it," Sellars said of Warhol. "His attitude is that it's dealer's option. He's given us a free hand."

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