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 - Museum Officials Study New Policies Mayor...
Museum Officials Study New Policies Mayor Williams met late today with El Paso Museum ol Art trustees to consider new policies and a new director to succeed director Dr. Reginald Fisher, who was ousted In a row over a nude "religious" painting. The annual Arts and Skills Show, in which the controversial picture was to have been shown, • will open as scheduled July 14 but without Frederick Martin's "The Crucifixion," the painting in question, President Dan R. Ponder said. A NEW JUROR is to be chosen to re-judge the works entered, originally numbering 98 but now minus Arlist Martin's eight-foot opus. A Silver City teacher, Mrs. Dorothy McCray, awarded "The Crucifixion" * $50 Best of Show prize, though she herself acknowl- Mr. Martin's painting never was exhibited publicly. A museum employe, Miss Mary Feldhaus, informed City officials what kind of painting it was. She was fired by Dr. Fisher. edged the painting was offensive. In a Fisher showdown meeting, Dr. told Mayor Williams he would not reject the painting, even though It was offensive, and raised the issue of censorship. The Mayor asked for his immediate resignation. It's easier to keep your < If you have only one. THERE WAS likelihood that the Program and Exhibition Committee of the museum, which'made rules for the Arts and show, would-revise rules for the future. One rule guarantees that at least one picture by each entrant will be exhibited. Under this rule, Dr. Fisher contended, the museum had no choice but to accept Martin's painting, the only one he entered. In the last two years Artist Martin has created three controversies in three shows with three different paintings. Besides "The Crucifixion," (Continued on Page A-8, Col. ») the lie led this departure of threatening Soviet U.S. was by Agency. x»ed ftat lad States Skills alk the he ng been n th* of and

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  1. El Paso Herald-Post,
  2. 02 Jul 1963, Tue,
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