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Gallery of Decadent Art: Sleepwalker, Tony Matelli


All-female college terrified by creepy underwear man statue (Gawker)

Petition: Move the “Sleepwalker” inside the Davis Museum (

“…an inappropriate and potentially harmful addition to our community that we, as members of the student body, would like removed from outdoor space immediately… we ask that in the future, the Davis Museum and the College notify us before displaying public art.”

A Wellesley Student (from petition text)

Comments from petition:

“All I can think of is a naked man is terrorizing the campus. I really don’t get the point of this thing which I will not call art.”

Yue Xing, Wellesley, MA

“Regardless of the artist’s intent, you must listen to your students: they are telling you that to them, this is a daily reminder that white men get to do whatever they want, wherever they want, displaying their barely-clothed bodies openly regardless of how it makes others feel, and women don’t get to say anything about it.”

Charlotte Badler, Boston, MA

“This is not art. This is offensive and meaningless garbage.”

Peter Resnick, Sharon, MA

“Yes, our campus has an art museum but the campus itself is not an art museum. It’s an educational institution.”

Hilary Allen, Homewood, IL

“How about a sculpture showing a child being molested, or an African-American being hung by the neck on a tree?”

Susan Turnley, West Pawlet, VT

“A number of women pay big bucks to go to an all women’s school precisely to get away from society’s phallocentric bullshit and now it is invading their space on campus, and as many have said, making young women feel unsafe.”

Irene Glassman, Jamaica Plain, MA

“I am shocked and horrified that in this day and age vulnerable young women are still subjected to such rampant misogyny. I weep for this woman-hating world of ours and would like to apologize on behalf of my sex for any harm done by this latest salvo in the war on women.”

Michael Claymore, NSW, Australia

“Our campus, our safety — “art” be damned.”

Elizabeth Shirey, Los Angeles, CA

“Freedom of artistic expression, while vital, needs to be limited in the interest of public safety. Just as there are limitations to our freedom of speech as protected by the First Amendment, so too must artistic freedom be limited.”

Jeanne McIntosh, Charlotte, NC