|Andres Serrano - "Heaven and Hell"|
The object of their media publicity quest was a rather outdated piece of decorative art “Immersion” by New York Artist Andres Serrano. Apparently the twenty fifth anniversary showing of a commodity piece of decorative art got the Friday Irish Watering Hole guys over at Rosie O’Grady’s to get upset that somebody under the first amendment could portray the image, a photograph in fact, of a crucifix in a jar of the artist’s urine and call it art.
And all within walking and drinking distance of his bar and his Eminence’s Pink Palace Bishop’s Townhouse over by St. Pat’s Cathedral. It was enough to make a grown drunk divorced Irish Catholic man like poor sensitive Bill Donohue to cry.
Gallery owners were expecting a protest on Thursday night and were relieved when only about 30 people turned up, Ms. von Mueffling said. Things became heated, she said, when the group tried to push pass the four guards at the entry. She said that the gallery called the police, who dispersed the protesters.
Mr. Donohue called that version of events an “out-and-out lie.”
“We didn’t push past anybody,” he said. “There were no police there, none at all.”
Only he was blocked from entering, Mr. Donohue said. He left and went with some friends to Rosie O’Grady’s, a nearby bar.
Detective Marc Nell, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department, said that officers were aware that a protest was going on and went by twice to check, but not in response to a call. During the first visit in the evening, at 6:22 p.m., “there was no interaction with the protesters,” Detective Nell said. He added: “Police talked to security and security said everything was fine.”
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