Sunday, June 04, 2006
SOME PEOPLE CALL THIS ART . . . BUT I CALL IT HUMOR
When L.A. County supervisors laid eyes on Kienholz's sculpture of a drunken couple making out in a car — a week before the opening of a 1966 exhibition at LACMA — they labeled the artwork "revolting" and "blasphemous," urged museum officials to remove it and threatened to cut their salaries when they refused. The show opened on time, with a long line of viewers and the door of the car closed. But guards stationed at "Back Seat Dodge '38" opened the door periodically, allowing patient visitors to peek inside.