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SiteWorks: San Francisco performance 1969-85

Side of Enrico's Restaurant, 504 Broadway at Kearny

Diane Blell, Odalisque (7pm, 9th September 1976)

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Dianne Blell confronted the infamous “topless” district of San Francisco and its standards of public morality with a painting of a nude torso on a billboard. It was made from a photograph which she had staged of a female in the classical “odalisque” pose. The billboard was declared immune to censorship invoked under a city ordinance prohibiting full exposure of the female body, for the work was a painting in the accepted conventions of the fine arts. (Foley 1980: 29-30)