Naked Performance Art On Wall Street Ends With 3 People Being Arrested

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some artists got naked on Wall Street during a performance art piece — and then they got arrested.

Two men and a woman were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct Monday morning outside the New York Stock Exchange.

Artist Zefrey Throwell organized the 5-minute piece, which he said was a social critique of Wall Street and involved dozens of volunteers acting out the motions of people at work. He said it was a rehearsed performance “with the very specific aim of public education.”

“The arrests happened at the end of the performance after everyone had already put on their clothes on, oddly enough,” he said.

Throwell, a 35-year-old from Manhattan, said he had not intended to provoke any confrontation with the police.

“I have much bigger fish to fry, that being the financial institutions of the U.S. and the world,” he said.

Among those arrested was Eric Clinton Anderson, a 32-year-old painter and performance artist from Brooklyn who holds down a day job as a personal trainer. But on Monday, he was playing a janitor, armed with a broom and dustpan, outside the stock exchange’s heavily guarded front door.

“Somebody needs to clean up Wall Street,” he joked.

As part of the performance, Anderson said, he took off his clothes “in the most natural way that you can when you’re sweeping.”

Anderson said he was nude for a moment when a police officer told him to put his clothes back on, which he did without protest. Then, he said, more officers approached and sat him down on a bench with a couple of other actors.

“They were like, `What were you thinking? What is going on here?'” Anderson said. “They were confused.”

He said he was surprised when he was led away to a police station.

“I thought they’d just yell at us and call us weird,” he said.

Throwell said he witnessed the arrests. He said the encounter was calm but the timing was strange because the arrested people had already complied with police orders and had put their clothes back on.

Arrested along with Anderson were a Brooklyn man and a Queens woman, said police, who claimed they were creating a public disturbance. Anderson said he was given a court date this fall.

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One Comment

  1. Minorkle says:

    Niños pequeños, eso es lo que son.

    Y esto es representante de la mayoría de los “faros” en el Partido Dem. No diferente a lanzando un siseante de ajuste sobre la legislación es legalmente aprobada y luego revocada por un juez activista.

    Los pequeño kiddies no obtiene su camino, y whine, gritar y protestar. Bienvenido a la esperanza/cambiar y el legado de la década de 1960.

  2. Hank Warren says:

    This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

    1. d says:

      you’re an IDIOT. free speech has nothing to do with permitting indecent exposure.

    2. Gena Rolling says:

      Where is the speech? when the wind blows all their holes make a sound like a train is coming?

  3. Buck O'Fama says:

    I have a simple bench mark for what I determine to be art. If I can do it, it ain’t art. Convict them as sex offenders and see how artful they feel after that.

    1. mrunpc says:

      Good one!

      I’m a REAL artist and a proud CONSERVATIIVE one at that, and maggot infested freaks like Zefrey Throwell are nothing more than tantrum throwing brats (who always got their own way as kids) in adult bodies, nothing more.

      Being a true artist takes YEARS of schooling, training, devotion, perseverance and DAMN hard work, period!

      If I had been there, I’d have cut “little” Zefrey’s nuts off and shoved them down his throat. Whaddaya think of THAT, “Zefrey”, from a TRUE artist to a whining wannabe, HMMM?*
      ANTI-Obama/Democrat/Commie/Union stickers, etc.

  4. john Spurlock says:

    It could have been much worse…

    It could have been the people who WORK on Wall Street getting naked.

    Oh… the horror… the humanity… the liver spots and stretch marks!

    1. mrunpc says:

      No, I doubt that. At least the people on Wall Street WORK for a living while human excrement like Zefrey Throwell live off of them and others who do. He’s the epitome of an Obama voter and EXACTLY what’s wrong with America today.

  5. Spencer B says:

    Zefrey Throwell ““I have much bigger fish to fry, that being the financial institutions of the U.S. and the world.”

    Wow – This dude thinks he is SOOOO Important! You know that he is a real pain in the a** to interact with. He probably aggravates everyone he meets, daily. So he goes down to the lowest common denominator – getting naked – to get attention.

    Zefrey (more ostentation) – Get over yourself. Even your mother doesn’t think you are so great.

  6. Kip Noxzema says:

    This craving for attention is nothing different than the ugly soccer mom and her huge Facebook page.

    Both are revolting and sad.

  7. Bo Jiden says:

    The only interesting thing here is how these dorks think they’re making some interesting and profound naked statement…like another airhead celebrity doesn’t do it on the cover of a magazine every other week. Yawn.

    1. sdgfgfsdg says:

      Only Dems would have the spare time to do such a pointless thing while everyone else is working.

  8. pen says:

    Art is dead. Get a brain DAes! Stop making life into your personal f’d up porn show.

  9. padre semprini says:

    They should have been tazed, tagged, and hauled off to an animal shelter by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

  10. Taylor says:

    “I have much bigger fish to fry, that being the financial institutions of the U.S. and the world,” he said.

    Big mouth, little brain. I’d have to see the pics to comment on the size of anything else…

    An exhibitionist succeeds in displaying both his ass, and the fact that he is one.

  11. HansJurgen says:

    Ya, keep degrading the “stereotype” artist – artsy, stupid and not worth minimum wage at best.

  12. opief says:

    GET A JOB!!

  13. Bluemeanie9 says:

    ‘It’s just art” That’s what i told my wife when she found me with the lady nextdoor. Sadly, my wife is Republican and so she was smart enough to spot my Bullsh** right away.

    1. Bluemeanie9 says:

      Actually Im a Democrat, that’s why i was dumb enough to think my line of BS would work, My wife is the Republican.

    2. Scott says:

      Hey ryan, I see you criticize the so-called insulter by offering an insult of your own, which true to Democrat form, also now undeniably makes you a hypocrite. If you were insulted by that one, you obviously belong where you are. Now, look up the word ludicrous and your journey out of ignorance can begin. You are the problem.

    3. Adam Smith says:

      How long have you been such a whiner?

    4. Minorkle says:

      John Wilkes Booth was a Democrat

  14. jhoger says:

    “Stupid overgrown kids, there’s nothing worse than a whining lefty over the age of 30. ”
    Clearly not kids. No reason to believe they are “stupid.” No reason even to believe that they are “lefties.”
    But enjoy your prejudices, gramps.

    1. sgdfs says:

      whiney biatch aren’t you jhoger – you still touching kids?

  15. BooBoo says:

    What no pictures?

    1. anon says:

      ww w.dailystar. 1/08/03/16-na ked-performance-art_634479283517496528_main.j pg (remove spaces)

  16. Silly Me says:

    Observers report that one of the men was naked short. Charges are pending for the woman, who is accused of front-running. However, her assets are down for the year.

    1. Terrence Mckenna says:

      Thanks for the laugh! Makes up for the fact that there are no pictures.

    2. Kip Noxzema says:

      I see the woman didn’t pay the up-front fee. Maybe she wasn’t fully diversified, either. A lot of people would love to get their hands on that set of funds.

      I notice the man ran the idea up the flagpole, and nobody saluted.

  17. SamIAm says:

    “Throwell, a 35-year-old from Manhattan, said he had not intended to provoke any confrontation with the police.”

    What the heck did he expect? Applause from the cops?

    1. Callous Disregard says:

      or GTFO

  18. John Public says:

    Glad they were arrested..time to stop slapping the hands of those that break the law!

  19. Flashman1854 says:

    Little children, that’s what they are.

    And, this is representative of most of the ‘leading lights’ in the Dem party. No different than throwing a hissy-fit over legislation that is legally passed, and then overturned by an activist judge.

    The little kiddies don’t get their way, and they whine, cry, and protest. Welcome to the Hope/Change and legacy of the 1960s.

  20. Sigmund says:

    “Performance Art” is the biggest sham there is. It isn’t “Art”. No-one will remember it. It won’t change anything, and it is a waste of time and space. These loosers should go buy some paints and canvas and do real art. Leave “performance” to the theater people.

  21. YES WE CON! YES WE CON! says:

    Arrest the occupant residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    BirtherReport. com

  22. Steve says:

    Of course they waited until they were dressed – they don’t pay police officers enough to touch naked lefties.

    1. Finbar says:

      Couldn’t they have used a pooper-scooper?

      1. badman says:

        all NYPD officers carry standard issue naked people tongs for situations just like this.

  23. JasonS says:

    Stupid overgrown kids, there’s nothing worse than a whining lefty over the age of 30. And they’re constantly looking for ways to draw attention to themselves through childish displays of theater. Look at meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    1. Harry says:

      Well said!

    2. Adam Smith says:

      Now they will end up with a sex crimes conviction. Idiots.

    3. badman says:

      go back to Iowa. Or Staten Island. Whatever.

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