Yosemite Artist-in-Residence Nudes

In 1988 Ken Marcus was the Artist-In-Residence at the Yosemite National Park Museum. This once in a lifetime opportunity to combine his love of Yosemite's incredible landscape with classical nude figure studies resulted in a series of images that have been exhibited and published worldwide. Shortly after the museum presented Marcus' work in their gallery, a top official ordered their removal on grounds of obscenity. The public outcry and controversy that arose from that government censorship became front page news in over 1,400 newspapers and national television news coverage. Eventually, the official lost his job and the images continue to be a part of the museum's permanent collection.

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