Controversial art exhibit features Calif. governors' lovers

11:56 PM, Jun 27, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - The controversial art exhibit, taken down once before, just went back up in a different location.

The exhibit by Maren Conrad is called "Politically Vulnerable" and is up right now at the Downtown Plaza; it looks at California governors' wives, mistresses and lovers.

It's a thought-provoking exhibit one that showcases some of the women in the lives of Gov. Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenneger and Ronald Reagan.

The artwork was supposed to go up at the Vanguard Lounge, but it was taken down before anyone really had a chance to see it. A lobbyist complained and had the exhibit yanked, claiming it painted women in a negative light.

The artist said her work wasn't about showing weakness among the mistresses or lovers, girlfriends or wives, but their strength for publicly coming forward.

"It's about the dynamics of women who choose to engage with men in the position of high power," Conrad said.

"It's very powerful," one woman said.

"It's interesting," Debra Doyle said.

"I work in politics. This is a reality of life. People are involved and their are stories about that," Carla Mendoza said. "I don't think art should be censored. These are true stories."

"You can look at these women. A lot of them are famous in their own right, not because they are someone's mistress or girlfriend or wife," Bob Dreizler said.

The artwork will be up at "Exhibit S" inside the Downtown Plaza until the end of the month. It will then join the private collection of an art collector in Sacramento. There has been talk of displaying the works in a traveling show around California.

By Suzanne Phan,

Twitter: @SuzannePhan


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