|Back Seat Dodge '38, 1964, Edward Kienholz|
However, in 1999, a volunteer tour guide was leading a group of fifth grade girls from an elementary school through the museum. What do you say about such a piece to ten preadolescents, more than a little curious about the artist and his work? The docent explained the display and ended by telling the group: "...you only get one first sexual experience so think before you act. Make it meaningful, make it special, make it beautiful." For her tasteful attempt at mixing morality, sex education, and art, she was fired. In her defense, the volunteer said she was merely following an approved script in describing the work. She fought her dismissal, demanding her job back and an apology. The fine arts community reacted fiercely. She got both. At least no one has tried to steal the thing. I wonder if there is a black market for '38 Dodges?