Thursday, March 23, 2000

Mapplethorpe on front burner at arts censorship conference

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Showtime's airing of Dirty Pictures, the made-for-TV movie version of Cincinnati's legal adventures with the art of Robert Mapplethorpe, is slated for June.

        Whet your appetite this weekend with “Indecent Exposure,” a conference on arts censorship. Headlining the two-day schedule at the Omni Netherland is a session on “Mapplethorpe and Beyond: Was the Verdict a Victory?”

        Louis Sirkin, co-counsel for Dennis Barrie and the Contemporary Arts Center in a criminal obscenity trial regarding the exhibition The Perfect Moment, will lead the session at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

        Other topics include “The Camera and Censorship,” “Photography as License” and “Do Children Need Censorship?”

        Presenters include Marjorie Heins, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Arts Censorship Project (1991-98), A.D. Coleman, former photography critic for The New York Times and Village Voice, and Joe Gantz, Cincinnati-born, Los Angeles-based photographer and video artist. He's best known in the United States for video documentaries Taxicab Confessionals made with his brother Harry and presented on HBO.

        Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and continue through 5 p.m. Sunday. The conference is co-presented by Campaign Against Censorship in the Arts and the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics.

        Two-day fee is $35 general admission, $20 students. Single day and half-day general admission fees are $20 and $15 and can be paid on site. For a schedule and more information contact William Messer at 221-3686.


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