Attendance has nearly tripled at Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art since the City Council president, Clay Yarborough, last week denounced as pornographic a photograph by Angela Strassheim showing a nude pregnant woman reclining on a love seat. Mr. Yarborough called on the mayor to rescind more than $230,000 in city funding for the museum because of the artwork, one of 14 photographs on the theme of life transitions in an exhibition by Angela Strassheim. “The man is entitled to his own opinion,” Ms. Strassheim, of Stamford, Conn., said. “But I don’t think it in any way is pornography. Maybe he hasn’t seen enough porn.”
Wisdom prevailed in the Jacksonville case, with the mayor and other local authorities voting unanimously against the removal of the offending photograph.