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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Assassination Interrogation

posted by on June 4 at 11:50 AM


New York police and the Secret Service have shut down an art installation that recently popped up in a storefront across from the New York Times building in Manhattan and titled: “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton/The Assassination of Barack Obama.

You can see images from the exhibit—which was apparently intended to be about “character assassination” and appears to contain a giant black penis that wraps around a room and a comment on the sex life of Hillary and Bill Clintonhere and here.

Via the City Room:

By 9:30 a.m., New York City police detectives and Secret Service agents had shut down the exhibition, and building workers quickly covered over the inflammatory title with large sheets of brown paper and blue masking tape…

The police officers declined to answer any questions, and at first would not permit reporters to speak with Mr. [Yazmani] Arboleda, who was wearing a black T-shirt and making cellphone calls from inside the makeshift gallery.

Later, Mr. Arboleda, who is 27, said in an interview: “It’s art. It’s not supposed to be harmful. It’s about character assassination — about how Obama and Hillary have been portrayed by the media.” He added, “It’s about the media.”

Mr. Arboleda said the exhibition was to open on Thursday and run all day.

The interview was abruptly ended as Mr. Arboleda was led off to the Midtown South police precinct for what he called an interrogation.

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Posted by TIFFANY | June 4, 2008 11:59 AM

the artist is thrilled.

Posted by Non | June 4, 2008 12:00 PM

How thrilled will the artist be when New York's finest perforate his colon with a toilet plunger?

Posted by sorryroger | June 4, 2008 12:03 PM

I dont mean to sound naive here but isint this illegal? As long as he's not credable threatining the canadates doesint he have the RIGHT to name his show whatever he damn hell wants?

Posted by linus | June 4, 2008 12:19 PM

Well, they can try and censor, but now, we all have the ability to see it on the internet. Censorship by the state can be defeated when there are alternative ways to express. Thanx Al Gore...

Posted by Dylan Kerbrat | June 4, 2008 12:40 PM


Posted by publicitystunt | June 4, 2008 12:57 PM

Will they come for Dave Reichert too? Please?

Posted by dreamflying | June 4, 2008 1:09 PM

I hate to be a killjoy, but this is what the Secret Service is supposed to do. If they think you're encouraging assassination attempts against the people they're protecting, they WILL shut your shit down. It's their job to be somewhat paranoid, and if you give your art installation an inflammatory title you should be prepared to deal with that.

Posted by Greg | June 4, 2008 1:12 PM

I look forward to the day Dave Reichert is dragged to GITMO for some 24/7 waterboarding for his threats against Clinton and Obama.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 4, 2008 2:38 PM

The nitwit needs to figure out that it's ART. It means what it means to OTHERS, NOT what he WANTS it to mean.

Maybe some time in jail would teach him that communication is all about the responses you get.

Posted by KFW | June 4, 2008 2:56 PM

@ 10: How very Seattle of you. If we can't get 100% agreement on an issue, we must do nothing. If a single person is offended by a work of art (or two lesbians kissing at a ballgame) it must be removed immediately. It is because of this forced conformity that something like the "Assassination" exhibit would never happen here.

Posted by Why NYC is so much better than Seattle | June 4, 2008 3:19 PM

Ugh...that is some really, really shitty "art". But, as a performance piece about censorship and government control it's...wait, no, it's still shitty.

Posted by ugh | June 4, 2008 3:29 PM

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