The Banana on the Wall: An Examination of Art and Controversy

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Taught by J.R. Pepper

JR Pepper is a Brooklyn born-and-raised artist, lecturer, researcher and self described 'professional eccentric'. She holds both a BA and an MA in art history specializing in Surrealism and spirit photography. Her artwork has been seen in various gallery shows, websites, album covers, and publications, including Haunted America:FAQ by Dave Thompson. She has spoken at lectured at a wide range of venues and conventions including New York Anime Festival, New York Comic Con, Tokyo in Tulsa, Catland Books, The Morbid Anatomy Museum and is a fellow and curator of the NY branch of Odd Salon. She currently works as an assistant and retoucher for The Burns Archive and is a tour guide at Green-wood Cemetery.

image credit: Bill Wadman

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Art is something that should always elicit a response, and sometimes that response is pure hatred. People question the artist's morals or integrity, and even threaten legal action. But, at what point does an artwork become controversial? We will examine several works that went above and beyond controversial and changed the art world forever.


*Some of the artworks featured contain explicit nudity, adult themes, graphic imagery as well as sharks, urinals and bananas*

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