People protested when the second cast
of the Southwest Pieta was installed at the entrance of the
Student Recreation Center on the campus of Arizona State University.
Although Jiménez tends to exaggerate
facial features in all his sculptures, some viewers find the
features of the woman of the Southwest Pieta particularly
unpleasant and wonder whether the artist is expressing something
negative about women in general.
Some viewers who are familiar with
Michelangelo's famous Pieta of the Virgin Mary and Jesus may
be unaware of the even older pieta theme that refers to sorrow
in general. Such viewers sometimes perceive the sculpture
to be sacrilegious.
Even in its present location, where
it is generally accepted and a favorite among many arts students,
some Hispanic voices have been heard objecting that it should
have been installed more prominently in front of the art museum
on a main street, rather than on the back side of the museum