Monthly Archives: April 2011

Clough Stands By Decision To Pull “A Fire In My Belly” From Hide/Seek

Despite concerns the Smithsonian’s Flashpoints and Faultlines forum would be a bland showcase designed to obscure the institution’s commitments to First Amendment principles instead of examining them, last night’s opening panels included direct criticism from the dais of Smithsonian Secretary … Continue reading

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Future Social Media Policy (and policy)

In his article “The Challenge of Developing Effective Public Policy on the Use of Social Media,” John Palfrey, co-director of Harvard Law’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, discusses the problems that American youth face in the wake of increased online social … Continue reading

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Christian Extremists Vandalize Art — Again and Again

Last October we reported about an incident at the Loveland Museum/Gallery in Colorado where a woman ripped into a lithograph after she busted the artwork’s plexiglass case with a crowbar. She did this because God told her to do it. … Continue reading

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Reading Below the Fold, and Between the Lines

After a member of the La Salle University’s faculty hosted an optional symposium with special guests (read: exotic dancers), the editors of the university’s  paper The Collegian knew they had a story on their hands. One of the Collegian staff members interviewed … Continue reading

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NCAC and FAP Send Letter To Marin Civic Center re: Nudes Censorship

As blogged earlier this week, admins at the Marin Civic Center censored a painting of a nude female from an annual art show because an employee claimed it constituted sexual harassment. This morning, NCAC and the First Amendment Project sent … Continue reading

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Nudes In The News! Marin County Civic Center Censors Artist

The Marin County Civic Center has chosen to eliminate a nude painting by San Rafael artist Sylvia Cossich Goodman from a public exhibition. The full-frontal nude was accepted through what we can assume was a standard submission process, and was … Continue reading

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NCAC Calls For Release of Ai Weiwei

NCAC is adding to the global community of artists and institutions calling for the immediate release of the renowned Ai Weiwei, one China’s most innovative and socially engaged creators. He was arrested at Beijing Airport this week for “economic crimes”, … Continue reading

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Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’? Create a Statue of Jackson With Child

A statue commemorating the time Michael Jackson dangled his baby son out of a Berlin hotel window was unveiled in London this week. L.A. artist Maria Von Köhler has received death threats for the statute, entitled “Madonna and Child”.  Others … Continue reading

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Famous Art Censored For Sensitive Types

In response to the disturbing story of a woman who attacked a Gauguin at the National Gallery, Flavorwire Art Editor Marina Galpernia has helpfully compiled a photo set of great works modified for those with…delicate sensibilities: Thou shall not show … Continue reading

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The Logic of the Censor

Susan Burns, the woman who tried to tear a Paul Gauguin painting off a wall at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., stated her reasons thus: “I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad … Continue reading

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