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OUT AT CHM: Art, Sex, and Censorship from Paul Cadmus to The Patriot Act

Richard Meyer, one of the country's leading gay art historians, gives a slide-illustrated presentation on the visibility and censorship of gay and lesbian art in the United States from the 1930s to now.  Meyer addresses works that were destroyed or removed from public view & those which could never even have been shown at the time of their creation, and talks about recent controversies concerning artistic expression in the age of the Patriot Act and the "war against terror."

The overarching theme of Out at CHM 2007 is ART, POLITICS, AND CULTURE, with three sessions exploring the history of the politics of lesbian/gay art (including the response of gay artists to its censorship), the political activism of gay visual and performance artists during the early years of the AIDS crisis, and the early history of gay liberation and lesbian feminism in Chicago.


Recorded Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at Chicago History Museum.

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