From the NY Post: http://www.nypost.com/seven/08272009/news/regionalnews/mets_nude_bust_186681.htm
Quick! Cover the statues of Venus de Milo and Lady Godiva!
Nudity has been a staple of the visual arts since time began, but apparently the real thing is still too much for some people to handle. On Wednesday, a nude model was arrested after posing for a photo shoot at the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was posing naked for a photographer in full view of visitors at a gallery in the museum's arms and armor department.
The model has been charged with two crimes: endangering the welfare of a minor and public lewdness, according to her lawyer. There are nude sculptures and paintings all over the museum. It's the height of stupidity accusing a live model of showing the same thing in a house of art. The photo shoot was conducted by Brooklyn-based photographer Zach Hyman.
This story set off my irony alarm. Particularly galling is the charge of endangering the welfare of a minor. In the photos you can see a mother and her son calmly watching the photo shoot. Perhaps they should have arrested the mother, as well. It's stories like this that make me proud to be an American.