Bunker Hill Community College
A painting that was removed from an art installation in New York City because of public backlash is now on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery, sparking outrage as well as an outpouring of support for the artist. The portrait depicts President Obama as Jesus, wearing a Crown of Thorns with his arms outstretched.
Artist Michael D’Antuono decided to pull the original installation after receiving approximately 4,000 angry e-mails about the painting.
In 2009, D’Antuono told The Los Angeles Times, “I canceled the showing out of respect for religion. It was not meant to offend so many people,” he said. “I don’t think it would be helpful to the cause of unity to show it.”