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ERIC Number: EJ774987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Adding Insult to Imagery? Art Education and Censorship
Sweeny, Robert W.
Art Education, v60 n5 p45-50 Sep 2007
The "Adding Insult to Imagery? Artistic Responses to Censorship and Mass-Media" exhibition opened in January 16, 2006, Kipp Gallery on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. Eleven gallery-based works, 9 videos, and 10 web-based artworks comprised the show; each dealt with the relationship between censorship and mass mediated images. Many of the works in the exhibition referenced the role that the mass media plays in how we understand the war in Iraq. The author noted that the viewers did not appear to be concerned or angered either at the campus show or at the Central Missouri State University exhibition. Was it due to the use of heavily mediated images, such as the photographs from Abu Ghraib, which many had not seen before? Were the images too easy to understand? Is the discussion of censorship irrelevant in the gallery, the classroom, or the community? Is appropriation an outdated artistic approach? Is censorship appropriate in certain instances, when religious beliefs are addressed, or personal safety is an issue? This article aims to explore these questions, beginning with the inspirations behind the exhibition. (Contains 4 figures and 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Iraq; Missouri; Pennsylvania