Location: Most recently at the Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery, New York
Date: 1989 - 2012
Andres Serrano received death threats and hate mail for years following the unveiling of his photograph Piss Christ. It was a photograph of a small plastic crucifix, submerged in a jar of Serrano's urine. The work ignited a debate about public arts funding because Serrano received more than $15,000 from the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts. Many Christians took offense to the piece. "At the time I made Piss Christ, I wasn't trying to get anything across," Serrano explained to the Guardian in 2012. "In hindsight, I'd say Piss Christ is a reflection of my work, not only as an artist, but as a Christian." When the piece was shown in 2011, it was vandalized "beyond repair" by a group of Christian fundamentalists armed with hammers.