Monthly Archives: September 2010

Indecent Exposure: A Discussion and Screening of Films You Are Unlikely to See Elsewherel

On Monday, September 27, NCAC and BFA Department of Visual & Critical Studies at the School of Visual Arts will screen a special not-so-late-night double feature picture show of controversial films Destricted and Ken Park. A discussion with the filmmakers … Continue reading

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Landmark Obscenity Trial: HOWL film and discussion, Friday 9/24

Beat-icon Allen Ginsberg is getting a resurgence of attention, 13 years after his death at the age of 70. A movie based on the story behind Ginsberg’s signature poem, HOWL, opens this Friday, September 24. It stars James Franco as … Continue reading

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Decency, Respect and Community Standards: What Offends Us Now?

TONIGHT, NCAC and The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School have invited several prominent visual artists to participate in a discussion about visual expression that provokes controversy today. Some of these artists are associated with … Continue reading

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Is “controversy” a dirty word for arts institutions?

Last Wednesday NCAC and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School were joined by Bill Ivey, Beka Economopoulos, Magdalena Sawon, Nato Thompson, Martha Wilson, and moderator Laura Flanders of GritTV, to discuss public funding of … Continue reading

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Public Funding of the Arts, Free Speech and Self-Censorship

Tomorrow, September 15 at 6:30 PM, NCAC and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, presents the first of two FREE panels on art and censorship. Panel 1, “Survival vs. Autonomy: Public Funding of the Arts, Free Speech and … Continue reading

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Sherman Alexie novel officially banned from Missouri school

A disappointing ruling came out last night regarding Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in Stockton, Missouri. The Stockton School Board voted 7-0 holding firm in its decision to remove the book from school classrooms, notwithstanding … Continue reading

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How Obscene is This! The Decency Clause Turns 20

When it was founded in the 1960s, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a central part of its  mission was to support individuals and institutions producing edgy and innovative artwork. Twenty years ago, as a result of pressures on … Continue reading

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