Yale Student Art Piece May Be Banned

Yale Student Art Piece May Be Banned
Aliza Shvarts, the Yale student whose controversial senior art project has been the subject of much recent controversy, might not be allowed to display her project at the Undergraduate Art Show set to open April 21, the Yale Daily News reports. The dean of Yale's school of art, Robert Storr, has said he will not allow Shvarts to show her work unless she confesses in writing that the project is a work of fiction and promises that no human blood will be used in the exhibition.

Shvarts claims that for the project, she repeatedly inseminated herself and induced miscarriages over a period of nine months. Yale officials insist that in private, she admitted to not actually performing the acts. According to Shvarts, her piece at the undergraduate show will include a four-foot-wide cube made from PVC pipe and hung from the ceiling. The cube will be wrapped in sheets of plastic, between which will be Vaseline, intended to represent her bodily fluids. Shvarts plans to project videos of her reported miscarriages, which show the artist in a bathtub wearing headphones, onto the plastic sheeting.

The university says that since learning about the project, it has disciplined two anonymous faculty members for their roles, presumably her thesis adviser, lecturer Pia Lindman, and the director of undergraduate studies at the School of Art, Henk van Assen, according to the Yale Daily News.

 

Storr said in a written statement, "If I had known about this, I would not have permitted it to go forward...This is not an acceptable project in a community where the consequences go beyond the individual who initiates the project and may even endanger that individual."