What to do with the Nasher sculpture in Center City?
A light sculpture by Nasher artist, Maya Algiz, is on display at the Nashers Center for Contemporary Art in Center County.
Algiza has been at the center of controversy since she posted an Instagram photo last month of herself posing in front of a large Nasher statue.
Albany residents are furious with the artist and her controversial sculpture, which was designed to commemorate the death of Nasher, a Jewish artist who lived from 1892-1902 in Philadelphia.
In the photo, Algizes face appears in front, and her right hand is positioned above her head, making it look like she is holding a hammer.
“I’m not saying that this is art or that it represents anything,” Algize said at a press conference in January.
“It’s just a sculpture that is in a park and people can see that it’s there and that it does exist.”
Algizers critics say the photo is misleading.
“This is a statue of a man,” said Bob Schlosser, the president of the Center City Preservation Association.
“She has not made her intention public.
She’s just posing there.
I’m not upset about it, but it does not represent what she’s trying to say.”
Al Giza says the photo was taken in January 2017.
“The picture was taken a year ago.
It was taken at the museum.
It is my right to do whatever I want,” she said.
Al Giz has said she has never intended to disrespect her work.
She said she’s working on a follow-up to the Nasers sculpture.
AlGiz said she is looking for a different artist for her new sculpture.
“So I am just working on it.
I am not going to rush it, and I will not rush it,” she told ABC News.
The Nasher museum and Art Museum are both holding an art-and-art-related fair.
The Center City Museum and Art Fair is scheduled for May 1 through May 4.