The Spring 2013’s theme is ‘Creating, Breaking and Censoring’. It explores how views of sculpture change over time because of restoration and censorship and responses to the social atmosphere.
Sometimes destruction of a piece of sculpture, whether by natural or man-made cause, can bring about renewed interest, hope, and life to an artwork.
Sculptures throughout history have been broken, altered, and censored. This has been done by people who feel justified in doing so often at transitional moments when there is a change in social, political, or moral interpretation of that sculpture.
Art often suffers at the hands of zealots, but luckily, not every effort to censor works of art is physically destructive.
Works of art in sculpture have been attacked, damaged, and even destroyed throughout history, for reasons ranging from the political to the religious to the personal.
The censorship of sculpture is a phenomenon as ancient as the biblical destruction of the Golden Calf and as current as the toppling of a dictator’s statue in the Middle East.