Performance Artist Sues NYPD For Denying Her Right To Be Naked In Public (NSFW)

A nude model/performance artist named Zoe West is suing the NYPD for denying her the right to get naked in public, for art. The pint-sized performance artist was arrested last year while attempting perform her art (which involved nudity and body paint) at the corner of Broadway and W 44th st, and she’s still mad about it!

“It is not illegal to be naked in New York as long as you are doing it for the purpose of a play, exhibition, performance or show,” her “civil-rights lawyer” Ron Kuby told The New York Post. “We had made arrangements to ensure that Ms. West would not be arrested, but apparently, one of the cops didn’t get the memo or didn’t care.”

It would be easy to make fun of this clearly somewhat dramatic person for painting this as a civil rights case, but as someone who’s had my own topless run-in with the cops, I must say I admire the bravery it takes to stand up to the boys in blue, especially when you’re not wearing anything. I find this tidbit especially amusing:

He noted, however, that West was given a wide berth when she arrived at the precinct house clad only in swirling pigments, apparently because “nobody wanted to take the bust.”

Nice choice of words, NYP. I wouldn’t be surprised if she turned this into part of her art piece, because it says something about the power that can be held by a naked and vulnerable woman.

(Via The New York Post)

Photo Credit: Han Von Rittern

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    • L

      “the power that can be held by a naked and vulnerable woman.” yeah because noone wants a sexual harassment case on their hands.

      honestly i find this kind of “art” obnoxious and complete attention whore-ism. the fact of the matter is that we live in a society where being naked is sexualized (whether you like it or not). and 1 or 2 of you running around with your tits hanging out in public is not going to change anything. save it for the privacy of your home, please.

    • RM

      Can we discuss the fact that those two cops are very hot?

      • Sarah!

        Seriously. I’m pretty sure the one on the left is actually just a stripper.

    • Kate

      I’m sorry, but art requires a willing audience who want see your performance and are aware of the nudity. You are going naked in public, forcing passerby to see such nudity unavoidably. The passerby never signed up to watch your naked performance. This is plain vulgar public nudity violation.

    • r walker

      In our country you don’t have the right to see only that which you wish to see or hear only what you wish to hear. The world does not work that way.
      This is a clear violation of freedom of expression.

      If you wish to censor other people, move to another country, become its dictator and set your own rules…

    • Curious

      Americans are such prudes…. If everyone didn’t make such a big deal out of nudity, then it wouldn’t be such a big deal…. Why is everyone in America so afraid or disgusted by the human body?