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Kennesaw State reinstates art installation, but is there more trouble brewing in Academia? Trigger warnings.

Kennesaw State finally formally announced the reinstatement of Ruth Stanford's “A Walk in the Valley” to the opening exhibition at the new Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art. The piece, a commissioned work about Georgia author Corra Harris' homestead, was taken down two weeks ago, shortly before the formal opening on Saturday, March 1st.

By |2020-01-03T14:38:05-05:00March 14th, 2014|Blog|

Kennesaw State University To Restore Censored Artwork

The National Coalition Against Censorship received word that Ruth Stanford's "A Walk in the Valley" has been restored to the Kennesaw State University's Zuckerman Museum of Art. KSU had said “A Walk in the Valley” was pulled because it did not fit the "celebratory nature" of the museum's opening.

By |2019-03-15T16:36:39-04:00March 4th, 2014|Incidents|

Artists Silent Auction 2017

  NCAC's Arts Advocacy Program, launched in 2000, is the only national project dedicated to working directly with individual artists and curators involved in censorship disputes. Its main goal is to protect artists' rights to participate in the democratic dialogue by defending public access to their work and supporting their ability to freely express unpopular or controversial views. Catalogue of [...]

By |2020-01-05T23:18:38-05:00October 6th, 2017|

Censored Artists Silent Auction 2016

Catalogue of Artworks NCAC's Celebration of Free Speech & Its Defenders, November 1 2016 ARTIST: Mark Ryden LOT: Tree of Mystery, 2009. Gicleé print with hand-carved wood frame. Edition: 29/40. Print Size: 21¼ x 28¼ inches. FAIR MARKET VALUE: $4,000. Bidding starts at $1,000.  DESCRIPTION: Tree of Mystery is a limited edition giclée print with letterpressed title and embossed chop on [...]

By |2020-01-05T23:18:56-05:00October 27th, 2016|

Georgia Lawmakers Attack Museum Exhibition Exploring AIDS Epidemic

David Wojnarowicz (born 1954, died 1992) Untitled (Buffalo), 1988-89. Vintage gelatin silver print, signed on verso, 28⅝x35¾; inches. Collection of Michael Sodomick, Courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York   In statements reminiscent of the culture wars of the 1990s, three Republican lawmakers in Cobb County, Georgia have attacked a museum exhibition that [...]

By |2020-01-03T15:30:57-05:00June 1st, 2016|Blog, NCAC at work|

The Damned Dozens: Art Censorship in 2014

Don’t hold your breath for nipple reveals or cock shows – while artistic representations of nudes remain a regular target of censorship, the most compelling and controversial artwork in 2014 came from artists challenging social norms and exposing cultural fissures. There was the occasional use of female anatomy or children as subjects, but what each painting, photo, or mural on [...]

By |2020-01-06T00:07:35-05:00December 4th, 2014|Blog|

The Top 40 Free Speech Defenders of 2014

"Complacency is ever the enabler of darkest deeds." Robert Fanney recognized, as we do at NCAC, that silence and apathy lead to repression and censorship. In our 40th anniversary year, we celebrate the artists, authors, students, educators, librarians, lawmakers, celebs du jour, and yes, even corporations, who refused to remain silent on the top threats to free speech in 2014. [...]

By |2020-08-19T12:00:30-04:00October 23rd, 2014|Blog|

Conflict Avoidance

Cancelled commencement speakers, a rush of attempts to put trigger warnings on class content, student petitions to remove potentially disturbing artwork from campus… What is going on? Academia is no stranger to free speech battles. In the 1950s professors could be ousted for “treasonous or seditious acts or utterances” or for being members of an organization advocating the violent overthrow [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:47:46-05:00June 12th, 2014|Blog|

The Long And The Short Of It

NCAC screened our 2013 Youth Free Expression Film Contest Winners at the New York Film Academy on March 29. Top prize went to Ani Akpan of the Bronx for his visually dazzling Future Warfare III, followed by Peter Ackerman of Augusta, Maine and Austin Guerrero of Gresham, Oregon; Daniella Sanchez won the People’s Choice Award with the greatest number of [...]

By |2019-03-08T00:05:30-05:00May 23rd, 2014|Censorship News Articles|

Higher Education

Universities are the quintessential marketplace of ideas, protected not only by the First Amendment, but by the principle of academic freedom. NCAC intervenes to protect the right of professors to teach controversial subject matter or invite controversial guest speakers, the right of students to show and see art that may provoke complaints, and the right of universities to be free of external political pressure.

By |2019-03-06T15:22:17-05:00August 19th, 2013|
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