This Monday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m., the VCS program and the National Coalition Against Censorship will present the film screening and discussion Indecent Exposure: A Discussion and Screening of Films You are Unlikely to See Elsewhere, as part of How Obscene is This! The Decency Clause Turns 20, a series of events examining the lingering effects that 1990s Congressional debates on obscenity have had on art funding, artmaking, censorship, and society-at-large. Here is a quote from SVA’s press release for the event:
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Congressional decision to require the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to consider “general standards of decency and respect” in awarding grants, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department at SVA present a double-feature screening of Destricted (2006)–a collection of short films by visual artists Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Cecily Brown, Larry Clark, Marilyn Minter and Richard Prince, among others, all exploring the boundaries between pornography and art–and Larry Clark’s Ken Park (2002), which has had limited distribution due to its controversial sexual content. The evening includes a discussion with some of the filmmakers.
The screening will be held at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street; it is free and open to the public. For more information from the NCAC about How Obscene is This! The Decency Clause Turns 20, please see this page on the NCAC web site.