Professor Steve Kurtz was charged today by a federal grand jury in Buffalo, New York—not with bioterrorism, as listed on the Joint Terrorism Task Force’s original search warrant and subpoenas, but with "petty larceny," in the words of Kurtz attorney Paul Cambria. (Click here for background.)
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Steve Kurtz, an artist with the Critical Arts Ensemble, was working on Free Range Grain, the collective’s latest art project that studied the politics of biotechnology, when laboratory materials that was part of the project was accidentally discovered in Kurtz’s home. The materials were confiscated by the FBI and led to Mr. Kurtz being charged […]
Steve Kurtz’s wife Hope died of a heart attack May 11. Steve, an associate professor of art at University at Buffalo, called 911. The police who came saw some of the materials for an art exhibit on genetic modification and called the FBI. The FBI came in, cordoned off half the block, confiscated Hope’s s body, Steve’s computer, his notebooks, his art supplies and their cat.
As organizations committed to artistic, intellectual, and academic freedom, we are concerned about the extended and apparently unwarranted investigation of Buffalo-based artist Steve Kurtz and the chilling effect it is likely to have on other artists or scholars whose work explores the border of art and science or employs harmless biological and chemical materials.