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April 15, 1999
It's disturbing that a pillar of innovation in the Orange County arts scene is thinking about changing what makes it so attractive in the first place. The problem for the Huntington Beach Arts Center is no mystery for those trying to make ends meet in local cultural institutions. Because it doesn't have enough money, it is thinking about becoming more "traditional." Translated, the mission of the center no longer would be as a venue for cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions.
April 7, 1990 | From Associated Press
A preview exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe's sexually explicit photographs opened Friday night, just hours after a judge's ruling gave prosecutors a free hand to act against the show. The photos, once denounced by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N. C.) and the target of a large local protest, drew an overflow crowd for a preview open only to members of the Contemporary Arts Center. It is to be opened to the public today.
A federal judge granted an injunction Sunday barring law officers from interfering with an exhibit of photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe. The display had brought about an obscenity indictment against a downtown museum and its director. The Contemporary Arts Center sought the injunction because its officials feared police or sheriff's department officers might remove sexually explicit photographs that a Hamilton County grand jury determined Saturday violated Ohio obscenity laws.
It was a scene few U.S. cities could match. On a hot night thousands of art lovers, wearing stick-on messages declaring "Art Is Fun," blocked traffic in the narrow streets of New Orleans' Warehouse District. The occasion was the renovation of the city's Contemporary Arts Center. After two years and $5 million, the center opened its doors last month in a redesigned industrial building in the heart of New Orleans' Gallery Row.
April 23, 1990 | DAVID WELLS, Wells is a staff writer at the Cincinnati Enquirer. and
One hundred and fifty years ago, aristocrat Nicholas Longworth of this city commissioned a marble sculpture of Eve, standing naked in the Garden of Eden. The local art critics insisted that it be covered with a calico dress. Art appreciation in Cincinnati has not changed much in a century and a half. Two weeks ago a county grand jury indicted the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati and its director, Dennis Barrie, on obscenity charges for displaying the works of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
December 7, 1993 | CATHY CURTIS
During the next few Decembers, we'll be contending not only with the end of a year but the final months of the final years of a millennium. The full blast of Grand Summations and Apocalyptic Laments probably won't be felt until we get closer to 2000. But Orange County already has a small entry in the fin-de-siecle sweepstakes, a juried photo exhibition called "At the End of the 20th Century: VALUES?" at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (through Dec. 24) in Santa Ana.
August 28, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Culver City architect Steven Ehrlich, 65, recently received the 2011 Maybeck Award for achievement in architecture from the American Institute of Architects California Council. The design principal of the 30-person firm Ehrlich Architects, he is also a visiting professor at USC and his work the subject of the recently published "Steven Ehrlich Houses" (Monacelli Press). Let's talk about multi cultural modernism, which is what you call your design philosophy. I would think it would be more relevant than ever as globalization continues apace.
April 14, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Most Cincinnati residents believe an art gallery should be allowed to show Robert Mapplethorpe's controversial photographs, according to a poll in the Cincinnati Post. Of 561 adults polled, 59% support the Contemporary Arts Center in displaying the photographs, some of which show naked children or homoerotic acts. The art gallery and its director were indicted a week ago on misdemeanor obscenity charges for exhibiting the photos.
May 27, 1990 | From United Press International
A controversial exhibit of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe closed its seven-week display in Cincinnati on Saturday, but a legal tangle remains to be settled. Several of the photos by the late Mapplethorpe depict erotic homosexual situations. On the day the exhibit opened, a Hamilton County grand jury indicted the Contemporary Arts Center and its director, Dennis Barrie, on charges of pandering obscenity and depicting children in the nude.
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