Petition Closed
Petitioning Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY

Require majority of Otterness' commission go to local animal rescues.

Rochester NY's Memorial Art Gallery (MAG, www.mag.rochester.edu) has announced that a major sculptural installation by Brooklyn artist, Tom Otterness will anchor a new Centennial Sculpture Park on the grounds of MAG, in time for their 100-year anniversary in 2013. Work is already underway for Otterness' sculptures. The project which is MAG's largest art acquisition ever will be underwritten by the Gallery's Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund for art acquisition.

In 1977, Tom Otterness adopted a rescue dog from a shelter, then chained her to a fence, shot her, and filmed her agonizing death. He then set his snuff-film, "Shot Dog Film", on a loop to view over and over, claiming he did this as a form of "art". Since then, Otterness has verbally apologized to the public, yet we the undersigned recognize this as little more than lip-service for this crime.

It is unconscionable that Tom Otterness should now receive a hefty commission for an art project from the Memorial Art Gallery and the University of Rochester. Forgiveness is one thing, accountability is another. There may be some healing ... for the animals, for our community, and perhaps for the artist himself if Otterness were required to donate a large portion of his profits to animal causes.

WE THE UNDERSIGNED REQUEST THAT AT LEAST HALF OF THE COMMISSION TOM OTTERNESS IS TO RECEIVE FROM ROCHESTER NY's MEMORIAL ART GALLERY MUST BE DONATED TO LOCAL ANIMAL RESCUES. WE FURTHER REQUEST THAT THIS AGREEMENT MUST BE WRITTEN INTO THE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE MEMORIAL ART GALLERY AND ARTIST/SCULPTOR, TOM OTTERNESS, IMMEDIATELY.

Letter to
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY.

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Require majority of Otterness' commission go to local animal rescues.

Rochester NY's Memorial Art Gallery (MAG, www.mag.rochester.edu) has announced that a major sculptural installation by Brooklyn artist, Tom Otterness will anchor a new Centennial Sculpture Park on the grounds of MAG, in time for their 100-year anniversary in 2013. Work is already underway for Otterness' sculptures. The project which is MAG's largest art acquisition ever will be underwritten by the Gallery's Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund for art acquisition.

In 1977, Tom Otterness adopted a rescue dog from a shelter, then chained her to a fence, shot her, and filmed her agonizing death. He then set his snuff-film, "Shot Dog Film", on a loop to view over and over, claiming he did this as a form of "art". Since then, Otterness has verbally apologized to the public, yet we the undersigned recognize this as little more than lip-service for this crime.

It is unconscionable that Tom Otterness should now receive a hefty commission for an art project from the Memorial Art Gallery and the University of Rochester. Forgiveness is one thing, accountability is another. There may be some healing ... for the animals, for our community, and perhaps for the artist himself if Otterness were required to donate a large portion of his profits to animal causes.

WE THE UNDERSIGNED REQUEST THAT AT LEAST HALF OF THE COMMISSION TOM OTTERNESS IS TO RECEIVE FROM ROCHESTER NY's MEMORIAL ART GALLERY MUST BE DONATED TO LOCAL ANIMAL RESCUES. WE FURTHER REQUEST THAT THIS AGREEMENT MUST BE WRITTEN INTO THE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE MEMORIAL ART GALLERY AND ARTIST/SCULPTOR, TOM OTTERNESS, IMMEDIATELY.


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Sincerely,