The Limits of Artistic Freedom: Women Artists and Censorship O

ctober 2001

Discussion Panel

A large proportion of recent art controversies have focused on women artists. Is that coincidental? In our preoccupation with the present we often forget the historical continuity of what appear to be isolated incidents. The exploration of how womenÕs art has been attacked in the last 40 years will highlight the persistence of particular issues (sexuality, religion, politics), and consider the possibility of a gender-specific logic in the operations of censorship.

The panel will discuss past and present attacks on art coming from different, sometimes unexpected, sides of the political spectrum.

Participants: artists Laura Ferguson, Alma Lopez, Carolee Schneemann, Nancy Spero, and NCACÕs arts advocacy coordinator, Svetlana Mintcheva. Art critic Amei Wallach will moderate.

The panel, co-organized by NCAC and the National Association of Women Artists, will take place on October 24, 2001, 6PM, at the First Amendment Center/New York (580 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022). For more information e-mail Svetlana Mintcheva at