Tommy Gonzalez Censored the Margarita Cabrera Public Artwork

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4 Responses

  1. Vegas says:

    I agree that it should not be up to one person to decide whether a sculpture is appropriate for a community or not. There are many issues at hand though.

    When public funds are involved, it may be necessary to decide whether a sculpture is appropriate for the community. This is not the same as censorship of a private work that is privately viewed and privately funded.

    The city has displayed it’s incompetence on several occasions in the past. However, Ms.Cabrera has also earned a reputation–and not a good one.

    It is important to point out that Ms. Cabrera has exhibited a maquette of her “Uplift” sculpture in different places over several months. Nowhere did the maquette display guns or rifles.

    We may also be looking at another case of an “artist” looking to capitalize on controversy.

    • Robb Chavez says:

      Not even 7:30am, & Tommy’s trolls are already at work, trying to throw irrelevant dust in the public’s eyes. This isn’t just about
      censorship, it’s about a crooked governance process by a City Mgr., who jumps as high as his hidden paymasters want him to.

      What is this BS about Cabrera “having a reputation?” Does she wear a scarlet letter? As far as I can tell, she’s highly regarded nationwide. Vegas, stop dealing Tommy G’s talking points from the bottom of your stacked deck!

  2. These can be very muddy waters, indeed. Historically, the relationship between artist and patron has led to many disagreements, but at the end of the day, if the patron (The City of El Paso) does not allow for artistic license, that is always considered to be censorship, and there is no place in art for censorship. So what if the artist has a “reputation?” The City should not have contracted with her in that case! It is most definitely not the job of a City Manager to interfere in projects of this nature to such an extent. Frankly, the Council member should also have had little impact on this action. If there was a small, local group with objections, they should have taken those to the entire City Council, and the entire CITY should have had input on this issue, since it was all of US who paid for this project and the sculpture. I think that is where laws may have been broken. It has to be illegal to force me to pay for something about which I have no say! Oh, wait. This is El Paso, where we have no City Hall, but a ballpark – neither of which ever got my approval, because I never had a chance to vote on them.

  3. Vegas says:

    John and Robb, read the entries instead of just writing nonsense. How foolish are you?! I don’t defend the city manager. I was no fan of Wilson and though I don’t know Tommy, I asserted that no one person should make the call to take down the sculpture. Instead, you clowns decide to half-read a post and comment.

    I’ve always stated that we need to keep a watchful eye on government. That does not mean it gives Cabrera a pass to exploit controversy to further her “artistic” agenda.

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