Salem State students and staff discuss controversial art exhibit

SALEM, MA (WHDH) - Students and staff at Salem State University attended a meeting Tuesday to discuss a controversial art exhibit that featured a painting of Ku Klux Klan members.

The gallery was temporarily shut down last week after receiving complaints about the KKK painting. School officials said the exhibit, called “State of the Union,” highlighted hopes, fears and concerns during the 2016 presidential election.

The exhibit will now be reopened but a warning sign will be posted and a special curtain will be put over the KKK painting.

School officials said they also plan to expand the artists’ descriptions of each work and provide guided tours through the exhibit.

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