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How Obscene Is This!
The Decency Clause Turns 20

Decency, Respect and Community Standards:
What Offends Us Now?
a discussion on controversial and banned art
Wednesday, 9/22 at the New School's Tishman Auditorium


You are invited to join the conversation!

This Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12 Street, New York
- Seating is limited and general admission.

Participants include:

  • Wafaa Bilal, Iraqi American artist, whose installation Virtual Jihadi was closed down by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York;
  • Holly Hughes, performance artist, one of the NEA4;
  • Trevor Paglen, social scientist, artist, writer and provocateur;
  • Carolee Schneemann, pioneering feminist filmmaker and visual artist who has battled censorship for the last fifty years.
  • Moderated by Laura Flanders of GritTV
Some of these artists are associated with the culture wars of the 90's, others were more recently censored during the War on Terrorism. Have attitudes towards representations of nudity and sexuality changed since the 1990s culture wars? Are religious topics still as inflammatory? What is considered offensive or inappropriate under our current political climate?

Hope to see you there,
Teresa Koberstein
National Coalition Against Censorship

ps. For those of you who are unable to attend or are out of the NYC area, check out our online video series surrounding the program here, and look for posted video footage of the panels after the events.

RSVP: http://ncac.eventbrite.com/

For More Information: How Obscene Is This: The Decency Clause Turns 20

Organized in collaboration with the National Coalition Against Censorship, Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School (VLC), and film screenings co-sponsored by the BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA).

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