THIS WEEK IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH

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CENSORSHIP AT AN UN-ACCREDITED ARTS COLLEGE

“Pretty Police” Strike at SCAD?: Does the Savannah College of Art and Design have what amounts to a secret “censorship arm” — which some call the “Pretty Police” — charged with removing artworks in already-juried shows that might cause embarrassment to the school? Such is the allegation of a group of students, who have launched a protest campaign after a work was removed from SCAD’s annual Open Studios Night last month. The disputed piece is an arty black-and-white image of a young man cradling his scrotum against his stomach. Students wore T-shirts featuring the image, distributed fliers denouncing the censorship, and even launched a protest website, Censored by SCAD.  (CLICK TO SEE THE IMAGE )

 

VIDEO ART CENSORED IN D.C.

Art Fights Back: The last few days have seen a perilous resurgence of the culture wars, as conservative Catholic groups and Republican politicians bullied National Portrait Gallerydirector G. Wayne Clough into removing a video by revered East Village artist David Wojnarowicz from its “Hide/Seek” exhibition on sexual identity (see ARTINFO‘s own Tyler Green, and hisengaged running commentary on the controversy). Now, Washington, D.C.’s Transformer gallery is fighting back. The space has called a protest today, kicking off at 5:30 p.m. at its 1404 P Street headquarters, and proceeding to the NPG. Participants are asked to wear black tape over their mouths, an image inspired by the artist’s work. Transformer is also hosting a 24-hour continuous screening of Wojnarowicz’s censored work, “A Fire in My Belly,” an emergency exhibition that has the blessing of the artist’s former partner Tom Rauffenbart, who is quoted as saying, with regard to the politicians and pundits attacking his work, “David would rip their balls off.”

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2 responses to “THIS WEEK IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH

  1. A word like “hackneyed” comes to mind.

    Something that might have been cutting-edge in the 1900 to 1915 time period is, one hundred years later, nothing more than a blunt instrument.

    Pity the public. Pity the dupes.

  2. no-homo

    dude should have gotten it hard first.

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