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Catholics Slam Napa Art Exhibit

Museum: A group says figures of the pope and nuns defecating are offensive. Copia food center defends the works.

January 05, 2002|JOHN M. GLIONNA | TIMES STAFF WRITER

In the past, the Catholic League has launched campaigns against "anti-religious" exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum of Art gallery, including a portrait of the Virgin Mary smeared in elephant dung and an interpretation of a famous Leonardo da Vinci painting showing a near-naked African woman in place of the Christ figure. The work was called "Yo Mama's Last Supper," Scully said.

He said the group did not plan to picket the Napa museum. "But we want to shine the light of truth on this incredible misuse of taxpayer dollars," he said.

Activists plan to contact museum trustees, including wine and art luminaries. "We're going to ask these folks if they're aware of this part of the exhibit. And do they approve of it," Scully said.

And they plan to send another missive to their members.

"I'm sure the good people of California will be better informed on how to spend their entertainment money," Scully said. "Especially if they're Catholic, they may want to go to a different museum or maybe a ballgame. For the Copia, this is an inauspicious start."

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