Laura Flanders

Decency, Respect and Community Standards: What Offends Us Now?

By |2019-03-07T23:27:19-04:00September 22nd, 2010|Blog|

TONIGHT, NCAC and The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School have invited several prominent visual artists to participate in a discussion about visual expression that provokes controversy today. Some of these artists are associated with the culture wars of the 90's, others were more recently censored during the War on Terrorism. Have attitudes towards representations [...]

Is “Controversy” a Dirty Word for Arts Institutions?

By |2019-03-14T18:11:52-04:00September 21st, 2010|Blog|

Last Wednesday NCAC and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School were joined by Bill Ivey, Beka Economopoulos, Magdalena Sawon, Nato Thompson, Martha Wilson, and moderator Laura Flanders of GritTV, to discuss public funding of the arts, free speech and self-censorship, and the impact of the Decency Clause. (Check out their bios here.) In an [...]

How Obscene is This! The Decency Clause Turns 20

By |2019-03-07T23:27:18-04:00September 1st, 2010|Blog|

When it was founded in the 1960s, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a central part of its  mission was to support individuals and institutions producing edgy and innovative artwork. Twenty years ago, as a result of pressures on behalf of Republicans in Congress and the religious right, Congress amended the statute governing the NEA to require that it [...]