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Move the "Sleepwalker" Inside the Davis Museum
  • Petitioning President H. Kim Bottomly
  • Responded

This petition will be delivered to:

President of Wellesley College
President H. Kim Bottomly
Davis Museum Director
Lisa Fischman
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Move the "Sleepwalker" Inside the Davis Museum

    1. Petition by

      A Wellesley Student

The sculpture of the nearly naked man on the Wellesley College campus is an inappropriate and potentially harmful addition to our community that we, as members of the student body, would like removed from outdoor space immediately, and placed inside the Davis Museum. There, students may see the installation of their own volition.

 

Within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, the highly lifelike sculpture by Tony Matelli, entitled “Sleepwalker,” has become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for some members of our campus community. While it may appear humorous, or thought provoking to some, the “Sleepwalker” has already become a source of undue stress for a number of Wellesley College students, the majority of whom live, study, and work on campus. 


As the sculpture was placed in a highly trafficked location, it is difficult for students wishing not to see the “Sleepwalker” to travel to the campus center and the residential and academic quads.

While the sculpture may not trigger, disturb, or bother everyone on campus, as a community it is our responsibility to pay attention to and attempt to answer the needs of all of our community members. For those among us who find the sculpture triggering, daily activities that require moving about the campus may be seriously impeded by the nature, location, and context of the sculpture.

In signing, we assert that the undue stress that the “Sleepwalker” causes some of us is enough reason to move it inside the Davis Museum. We also stand firm that art, particularly outdoor art installations, are valuable parts of our community. We welcome outdoor art that is provocative without being a site of unnecessary distress for members of the Wellesley College community. Further, we ask that in the future, the Davis Museum and the College notify us before displaying public art, especially if it is of a particularly shocking or sensitive nature.

 

Updated Feb. 5, 2014

To:
President H. Kim Bottomly, President of Wellesley College
Lisa Fischman, Davis Museum Director
Move the "Sleepwalker" Inside the Davis Museum

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Lisa Fischman responds:

      Lisa Fischman

      Dear all,

      Thank you for your engagement and for your thoughtful response to Tony Matelli's Sleepwalker, which was installed this afternoon on the Wellesley campus.

      Art has an extraordinary power to evoke personal response, and to ...


    3. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Sabine Mania 12203 BERLIN, GERMANY
      • about 1 month ago

      What's a Sleepwalker (sic) got to do on ANY Campus? It's ugly, silly and a disgrace - and a waste of money

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    • Irmgard Neubauer WIEN, AUSTRIA
      • about 1 month ago

      Unfassbar, was Frauen sich alles bieten lassen müssen, womit Frauen ständig belästigt werden. Und so ein "Kunstwerk" dann ausgerechnet noch vor einem Frauen-College! Tickt der Herr "Künstler" eigentlich noch richtig?

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    • Alison Brown CARMEL, IN
      • about 1 month ago

      If the students of Wellesley do not want this mostly naked guy on thier way between classes, they should not be forced to have him. Put something else, possibly something abstract, out in the cold and the nightmare of many a woman safely within the walls of the exhibit.

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    • Heinke Gier GERMANY
      • about 1 month ago

      Nothing more to say - it´s all done!

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    • Trouble Mandeson GREENFIELD, MA
      • about 1 month ago

      BECAUSE IT'S INSULTING TO EVERY WOMAN WHO HAS EVER BEEN ABUSED BY A MAN AND THAT'S TOO MANY! PLUS IT'S UGLY AND GROSS (JUST LIKE A MAN)

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