photo courtesy of The Associated Press
Artist Cosimo Cavallaro has done it again with the resurrection of his controversial work titled "Chocolate Jesus" which will be displayed as part of the "Chocolate Saints....Sweet Jesus show at the Proposition Gallery in Chelsea, New York. Originally displayed last year during the Holy Week, "Chocolate Jesus" is an life-sized, anatomically correct replica sans the loincloth and comprises of 200 pounds of milk chocolate; not the "blue-eyed, porcelain skin" Jesus we are used to seeing. This is not the first time a biblical figure has been depicted in a non-traditional manner. Over a decade ago, award-winning British artist Chris Ofili created his version of The Virgin Mary in which he incorporated elephant feces caused such a stir that then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani threatened to cut all funding to the Brooklyn Museum unless the installation was cancelled. Previously, Cavallaro had received many death threats for his supposedly "attack on the Catholic Church" but this time around those within the religious community are showing support and dissecting the artistic and symbiotic value of this work. Cavallaro states, " There is nothing offensive about this. If my intentions were to offend, if I did do something wrong, I wouldn't be doing this. But I didn't do anything wrong." When did artistic freedom become less than and more political and judgmental? Does he have a hidden agenda or is this purely his artistic freedom?
For more information on this exhibit, visit:
559 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
October 27-November 24, 2007