Coffee shop removes Muck Rock mural, citing artist’s ‘racially insensitive’ past work

An Indianapolis coffee shop painted over a Jules Muck mural Friday because the store’s owner objects to one of the artist’s past paintings that has been called racist.

Rabble owner Josie Hunckler said she learned Thursday evening of a 2018 mural by Muck that depicts a chimpanzee sporting a gold tooth and a thought bubble filled by a marijuana leaf. Muck painted the chimpanzee near New Orleans’ Lincoln Beach — a waterfront amusement park designated as an African American gathering place during the segregated 1950s.

Hunckler said she no longer wanted Muck’s depiction of jazz singer Nina Simone on an exterior wall of Rabble, 2119 E. 10th St.

“I painted over the Nina Simone portrait I commissioned and paid for because some of the artist’s other work was racially insensitive to the point of bothering me and many of my friends and customers,” Hunckler said.

Jules Muck painted a mural of singer Nina Simone at Rabble Coffee, 2119 E 10th St.David Lindquist/IndyStar

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Author: Paul H

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