The Mapplethorpe Demonstration, – 20 Years Later.
June 30, 2009.
Moderator: Andy Grundberg. Please join us at the Warehouse Gallery and Theater to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the event with a presentation featuring two of the original organizers of the demonstration, Andrea Pollan (curator, writer, and Director of Curator’s Office) and Bill Wooby (local arts entrepreneur and visionary) as well as former WPA Trustee and First Amendment rights attorney, Jim Fitzpatrick. The discussion will be moderated by Andy Grundberg, chair of the photography department at the Corcoran College of Art & Design and former art critic for The New York Times. Panelists will discuss the assault on the National Endowment for the Arts and its lasting effects, issues of censorship, the story behind the demonstration, and how the WPA came to present the exhibition.