Chris Ofili, 1999 News

31, British artist, received hordes of free publicity when his collage, The Holy Virgin Mary, which featured a black Virgin Mary with elephant feces on one breast and cutouts from pornographic magazines glued in the background, was part of the Brooklyn Museum of Art's October exhibit, “Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection.” New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced the city would withdraw its funding of the museum and evict it from its space, which is leased from the city, unless the museum canceled the exhibit. The museum then filed a lawsuit saying the mayor was violating its First Amendment rights.

1999 People in the News