Why is one piece of art more disturbing than another? Why is some sexual content too graphic? Where do we draw the line? And why do we draw it? Come to our panel of artists who’ve thought about this issue, and have pushed the envelope time and time again hoping to keep their work clear of imposed limitations.
Participants include Svetlana Mintcheva the Program Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship and co-editor of Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression; Jonathan Ames, known for his column about his sexual exploits in the New York Press, and author of eight books including Wake Up Sir! and The Alcoholic; He is also the creator of the HBO series Bored to Death; Carolee Scheemann an artist whose work has redefined the discourse surrounding the body, sexuality and gender in art. Documents about censorship in her work are published in: Correnspondence Course: An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle; Anthony Haden-Guest is an art critic and has written several books including True Colors: The Real Life of the Art World and The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco and The Culture of the Night; Gene Guberman is a practicing psychoanalyst who will take a more scientific approach to the subject looking at why we’re drawn to the illicit, the forbidden, and why we censor ourselves; and Heide Hatry a visual artist whose work challenges not only our perception.
In Heide’s new book, Not a Rose published by CHARTA, she created flower sculpture from organs and other animal parts and asked 101 scholars, writers, scientists, to discuss our relationship to nature. Her other books include Heads and Tales, and Skin.
Not a Rose will be available for purchase and signing as well as books by the individual speakers.
7:00PM – 8:00PM on Monday, May 6 at the Strand on Union Square
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Buy a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.