NY1 At 20: 1999 Report Follows "Sensation" Exhibit Controversy
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In 1999, an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art called Sensation was causing quite a stir in the city. At the heart of the debate was a depiction of the Virgin Mary painted with elephant dung - a painting that so infuriated Mayor Giuliani that he cut funding to the museum - and even threatened to evict it. As we take a look back at 20 years of NY1, the station revisits Gigi Stone's report from October 2, 1999 when Sensation opened to massive crowds of both art lovers and protesters.
NY1 FOLLOW-UP: After a court battle, the funding would be restored.