“My Sweet Lord,” an anatomically correct milk chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ that infuriated Catholics before its April unveiling was canceled, returns Oct. 27 to a Chelsea art gallery, its creator said Tuesday. This time, artist Cosimo Cavallaro said he expects the public exhibit to proceed without a problem…
Cavallaro, who received death threats before the April show was canceled, said the vast majority of his mail was in support of his six-foot piece.
“I got a lot of positive mail from people in the Catholic Church, people studying theology, people in monasteries — all kinds of letters and e-mails of support,” he said.
The last show was criticized for its timing and its location. The exhibit, in a gallery visible to passers-by on a Manhattan street, was set to open one day after Palm Sunday and four days before Christians marked the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday.
The new chocolate Jesus is actually a different cast from the same mold as the earlier chocolate Jesus, whose extremities were eaten by mice. Yes, really. Exit question borrowed from one of my posts this spring: With the Catholic League vowing to stand down over this new display, isn’t it a perfect opportunity for a new champion to rally to the side of Christians and defend the faith? We need someone ideally who’s from New York, who’s motivated to prove himself to believers, and who’s prone to flying off the handle about nonsense like this.