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Smithsonian Chief Who Caved to Censorship Pressure from Congress Will Retire Next Year

G. Wayne Clough is familiar to followers of NCAC as the Smithsonian Institution Secretary who unilaterally pulled a video from a National Portrait Gallery exhibition at the behest of Congressional Tea Party pressure. Clough has just announced he will resign … Continue reading

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Protests After Alaska School Censors Student Art Show

“Art is a way to speak our minds!!!” one hand-drawn sign reads. “IB Art Matters!” reads another. These signs hang on the art display boards where art, done by Palmer High School’s IB Art students, once hung. In response to … Continue reading

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NY Art School Boxes Student Sperm Project

The recent rather heavy-handed treatment of Marc Bradley Johnson’s MFA thesis project at New York’s School of Visual Art (SVA) raises some interesting concerns—especially for an institution that aims to play a leadership role in the bio-art movement. Johnson’s project … Continue reading

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On the Fifth Day of Censorship, the Censors Gave to Me…A Golden Chastity Key

…A Golden Chastity Key Aristophanes’ “The Birds” Catholic French Outrage A Clear Channel Dove and no art in Newark Library   Joy Crane’s chastity belt sculpture was too risque for the “family-friendly” Brookings Art Council Annual Juried Art Exhibit in Sioux … Continue reading

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Art, Porn and Censorship: the Mansfield Art Center (OH) Covers up Painting

A painting, included in a juried exhibition show at the Mansfield Art Center in Ohio, was partially covered with black paper. The painting had been selected for inclusion in the show, but the management of the Art Center decided that the … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Them Eat Cake

Sweden’s minister of culture has been in the global news spotlight recently, and not for her nation’s propensity for neo-noir literature. Minister Lena Adelson Liljeroth was invited to attend and speak at World Art Day at Stockholm’s Museum of Modern … Continue reading

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Colorado Academic Center Institutes Censorship Regime After Controversy Over Student Art Work

Until a few weeks ago, the Arts Building at the Aurari Higher Education Center in Denver featured several walls emblazoned with the kindly decree to “Post Artwork Here.” However, in light of recent controversy over the graphic work that student … Continue reading

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Art Succeeds in Starting a Conversation, But Some Call for the Cancellation of the Project

Update: Lawrence, KS officials have banned the project, saying the proposed art installation would amount to animal cruelty. The Kansas code allows “with respect to farm animals” for “normal or accepted practices of animal husbandry, including the normal and accepted … Continue reading

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Art Censorship in 2011: Nudity, Sexuality, Religion, Politics, and… Meat?!

2012 has already brought a few cases of censored art to our attention: Microsoft Skydrive froze UK blogger Michael Ohajuru‘s storage account because Modigliani’s painting “Reclining Nude” violated Microsoft’s Code of Conduct which prohibits images that “depict nudity of any sort”; and İzmir … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: John Davis Malloy on the Smithsonian After Hide/Seek

It’s true that the Smithsonian’s Flashpoints and Faultlines forum was too late for Hide/Seek, but keeping the issues alive months after the exhibit closed may be the right timing for the future of this public institution. It was no surprise … Continue reading

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