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MOCA Exhibit Under Fire for “Anti-Christian” Paintings

May 17, 2016
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MOCA Exhibit Under Fire for “Anti-Christian” Paintings

An art exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art turned controversial and sparked discussions of censorship this past week when a commissioner determined that some of the art in the exhibit was “offensive,” “obscene,” and “anti-Christian.” Entitled Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, the exhibit is being put on in collaboration with the popular…

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Ecuadorian Artist’s Exhibit Censored by Government

May 16, 2016
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"Violencia de Genero en Ecuador" by Vilma Vargas

An art exhibit whose central theme is freedom of expression is facing a censorship attempt by the House of Ecuadorian Culture out of concern that it might become a “forum for opinion and political criticism.” Vilma Vargas has built a career out of producing political cartoons. For over 20 years, the Ecuadorian artist has tackled…

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City Issues Apology for Women’s History Month Censorship

April 19, 2016
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West Hollywood Women

Photographer Brooke Mason may have been at the center of a free speech controversy in West Hollywood, California, after three of her photographs were removed from a Women’s History Month-themed exhibition last month, but inclusion in a new exhibit and a formal apology from the city show that members of the WeHo community won’t let…

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“Creative City” Censors Creativity Due to Pornography Concerns

April 1, 2016
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West Hollywood Women

Due to complaints and misinterpretation as child pornography, the city of West Hollywood, California, forced the removal of three photographs by local female artist Brooke Mason from a Woman’s History Month-themed city-wide exhibition. The removal of the pieces has not only gotten the community up in arms, but has raised free speech concerns. In celebration of…

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Removal of Student Art Piece Incites Free Speech Concerns in Community

March 29, 2016
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A controversial piece pulled from a Denver, Colorado, student art exhibit earlier this month has incited concerns in the community about free speech violations and sending the wrong message to students when teaching art. The art exhibit, done as part of a Denver public school outreach program, asked students to “select a master work of…

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Police Demand Removal of Denver Student’s Art

March 25, 2016
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Police Demand Removal of Denver Student’s Art

Police associations and others successfully demanded the removal of a Denver 10th-grader’s artwork from a public building this week. The drawing shows a police officer in a Ku Klux Klan hood aiming a gun at an unarmed black youth with his hands up. The artwork was among dozens of student pieces on display in the…

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Brooklyn Community Archive Features Protest Movement Comics in New Exhibit

February 5, 2016
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Brooklyn Community Archive Features Protest Movement Comics in New Exhibit

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein recently had the opportunity to tour the current exhibit Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive. Impressed by the visit, he wrote it up for The Beat. Interference Archive is a volunteer-run, community-funded collection of “objects that are created as part of social movements…

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Ai Weiwei Collecting Donated LEGO After Company Rejects Bulk Order

October 27, 2015
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Ai Weiwei Collecting Donated LEGO After Company Rejects Bulk Order

Fans of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei are setting up collection points for donated LEGO bricks around the world after the Danish company refused to fulfill a bulk order for his upcoming show in Australia. In response to inquiries, a LEGO group spokesperson said “we refrain – on a global level – from actively engaging in…

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St. Petersburg Nabokov Museum Sends Nude Comics Packing

October 13, 2015
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St. Petersburg Nabokov Museum Sends Nude Comics Packing

Sequential artists Dominique Goblet and Kai Pfeiffer are scratching their heads in bewilderment after an exhibition of their work in St. Petersburg, Russia was shut down, even after they agreed to censor it for nudity. The exhibit was part of the annual citywide Boomfest comics festival, but the removal may have had something to do…

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London Gallery Removes Toy Dioramas from Free Speech Exhibit Amid Terrorism Fears

October 1, 2015
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London Gallery Removes Toy Dioramas from Free Speech Exhibit Amid Terrorism Fears

  A London gallery hosting an annual freedom of expression exhibit last week pulled a series of satirical photo dioramas after police raised concerns about “potentially inflammatory content” that could anger Islamic State or other extremists. The photos by pseudonymous artist Mimsy feature plush woodland creatures threatened by black-clad adherents of MICIS. The seventh annual…

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