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Can you cite legislation or instances wherein exhibits were cancelled/censored?

Asked by JonnyCeltics (2721points) March 27th, 2012

Last year, the case of the MECA show in Oakland, “A Child’s view of Gaza” was cancelled:

there are many angles to this: the fact that children would be viewing it, museums self-censorship, and Israel lobby—for a balanced viewpoint….

precedence and legislative references much appreciated.

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jaytkay's avatar

Republicans led a US House committee hearing on the rules requiring insurance plans to cover contraception.

Women were banned from speaking.

Committee chairman Darrel Issa® said he was like Martin Luther King for keeping women out of the hearing.

janbb's avatar

look up Giuliani’s censorship or attempts at it of the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit with the elephant dung Madonna.

anartist's avatar

The Corcoran Gallery of Art made the grave mistake of cancelling a Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective show in June 1989 shortly after ihis death
because it contained some homoerotic material and they feared loss of NEA funding. They have never lived it down

They were probably scared because that same year Senator Jesse Helms condemned Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ” in an NEA-funded exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Publisher of work by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb stood trial on obscenity charges in London at Old Bailey in 1972. Crumb’s work was defended by such noted art curators as Walter Hopps and the publisher was acquitted.

anartist's avatar

The Smithsonian cancelled its own exhibit of the Enola Gay scheduled for 1995 to commorate the bombing of Hiroshima and the end of WWII. The exhibit was cancelled due to protest by American Legion and Air Force Association that the exhibit which centered around the newly restored fuselage of Enola Gay and called The Crossroads: The End of World War II, the Atomic Bomb and the Cold War centered too much on Japanese victims and not enough on ending the war with Japan. The director of the Air and Space Museum of the exhibit was forced to resign.

flutherother's avatar

Larissa Sansour had her entry for the Lacoste Elysée Prize removed apparently because the commercial sponsor thought it too political. Sansour was asked to approve a statement saying that she withdrew her nomination ‘in order to pursue other opportunities’. Sansour has refused.

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