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Expert Panel To Discuss “Censorship In The Museum”

Published: November 14, 2011

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m., the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB will host a panel discussion of current controversies surrounding art and censorship in museum exhibitions. Under the auspices of the CSULB College of the Arts, “Censorship in the Museum” is co-sponsored by the Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series and Banned, Blacklisted and Boycotted: Censorship and the Repsonse to It (The B-Word Project).

The event will be moderated by Chris Scoates, director of the CSULB University Art Museum, and includes the following speakers:

• Andrea Fraser, professor of new genres in UCLA’s Department of Art. Her artwork spans performance, video, context art and institutional critique, and she has done major projects all over the world. Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser was published by MIT Press in 2005. She is also the author of “A ‘Sensation’ Chronicle” about the controversies of 1999 when New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani attacked the Brooklyn Museum for its plan to present “Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection.”

• Jonathan Katz, chair of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at SUNY Buffalo and curator of “Hide/Seek: Difference, Desire and the Invention of Modern American Portraiture” at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The first major lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender art exhibition in U.S. history, “Hide/Seek” was both critically acclaimed and at the center of a censorship controversy that stirred up much critical response, which has been chronicled on the Internet.

Expert Panel To Discuss “Censorship In The Museum” Nov. 30 At The Carpenter Center

• Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history at USC, who has written extensively on censorship and the public sphere, giving special emphasis to “the ongoing cultural debate over sexuality and gender and its effects upon modern art and visual culture.” Meyer is the author of the award-winning book, Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art.

This event is part of Banned, Blacklisted and Boycotted: Censorship and the Response to It (The B-Word Project), a campus-wide program coordinated by the Carpenter Performing Arts Center and funded by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Doris Duke Charitable Fund. For more information, visit the B-Word Project website.

The event is free and open to the public with parking available in front of the Carpenter Center entrance for $5.