. Jackie Robinson Statue Stolen and Burned, Spanish Outcry Over ‘Effeminate’ Jesus Painting, Rubin Museum to Shutter, and More: Morning Links for February 1, 2024 « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NEWS On January 24 the statue of the first Black player in Major League Baseball and a civil rights activist, was cut off its pedestal, just above the ankles, and removed from McAdams Park by two people, according to police, who have surveillance footage of the crime. Days later, firefighters responding to a fire in a “small residential-style trash can,” discovered some of the statue remnants among the burnt items. A GoFundMe campaign launched to replace the artwork has reached over $168,500. “Nobody can understand why this would happen,” said Bob Lutz, the executive director of the nonprofit League 42, which installed the sculpture, according to the New York Times.

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