CINCINNATI — Lawyers for the Contemporary Arts Center and its director pleaded innocent today to misdemeanor charges alleging that photographs in an exhibit of the late Robert Mapplethorpe are obscene.
Attorney H. Louis Sirkin entered the plea in Hamilton County Municipal Court on behalf of the center and Director Dennis Barrie.
The court's assignment commissioner referred the case for trial to Municipal Judge David Albanese and scheduled a pretrial hearing April 30 when a trial date may be set. The date must be set within 90 days.
A Hamilton County grand jury indicted the gallery and Barrie on April 7. Five of the 175 photos in the exhibit show homosexual acts, and two show children revealing their genitals.