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Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 10:59am

Controversy Surrounds Georgia Murals

Updated: 2 years ago.
The exhibit will debut at the Georgia Museum of Art August 1st.

The Georgia Museum of Art in Athens plans to display controversial murals depicting the state's agricultural history.

Artist George Beattie painted the series in 1956.

They hung on the walls of the state agricultural department headquarters until last year, when newly-elected agriculture commissioner Gary Black had them removed.

Beattie’s works are now part of the Georgia Museum of Art’s permanent collection, says curator Paul Manoguerra.

“Most of the controversy of the past has centered on either the nudity of in particular the American Indian women in the very earliest of the four history murals which shows American Indian agriculture or on the two images that deal with slavery."

The exhibit will debut at the Georgia Museum of Art August 1st.