Public Art, Censorship, and the Constitution

Heins, Marjorie
October 1994
Public Art Review;Fall/Winter94, Issue 11, p10
Academic Journal
The article looks at controversies involving censorship, public art, and the U.S. Constitution. The author explains the difference between art which is commissioned by the government and that which is funded by the government. A mural of Malcolm X at San Francisco State University is used as an example of artists claiming violations of their First Amendment rights. Efforts made by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to abandon restrictive censorship guidelines are discussed. Examples of sexual content being used as an excuse to censor artwork are given.


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