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Closer to home the news that Andres Serrano’s infamous 1987 photograph “Piss Christ” would be exhibited again in New York had some Christians calling on President Obama to denounce the photo as strongly as he denounced the video.

(On the show’s opening day William Donohue, the president of the Catholic League and a veteran of the fight over “Sensation,” released his own video showing a bobblehead Obama doll submerged in feces-colored water, declaring, “The cultural and political elite are basically secularist; they don’t believe in God.

Radicalism in music has most often been attributed to works that push the boundaries of harmonic language.

It’s an impressive showing for a work that, as my colleague Daniel J.

In 1997 Manhattan Theater Club canceled Terrence Mc Nally’s play “Corpus Christi,” featuring a gay, Christ-like figure and 12 gay apostles, after it drew anonymous bomb threats.

(The theater later reversed itself.) More recently, in 2010, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington removed “A Fire in My Belly,” a 1988 video by the artist David Wojnarowicz, after complaints that the video, which included a few seconds of footage showing ants crawling on a crucifix, was deliberately offensive to Christians.

And why no mention of “Innocence of Muslims,” the anti-Islam video that went viral last week, touching off violent riots across the Muslim world?

As Artfan put it succinctly, “Who needs art to shock us when every day the headlines do their job just fine?

It’s an impressive showing for a work that, as my colleague Daniel J.

In 1997 Manhattan Theater Club canceled Terrence Mc Nally’s play “Corpus Christi,” featuring a gay, Christ-like figure and 12 gay apostles, after it drew anonymous bomb threats.

(The theater later reversed itself.) More recently, in 2010, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington removed “A Fire in My Belly,” a 1988 video by the artist David Wojnarowicz, after complaints that the video, which included a few seconds of footage showing ants crawling on a crucifix, was deliberately offensive to Christians.

And why no mention of “Innocence of Muslims,” the anti-Islam video that went viral last week, touching off violent riots across the Muslim world?

As Artfan put it succinctly, “Who needs art to shock us when every day the headlines do their job just fine?

But harmonic innovations, being the most audible, have received the most attention and provoked the most backlash.