November 15, 1990 |
A state appeals court overturned the disorderly conduct convictions of three members of the group NWA for asking women in a concert audience if they wanted to have sex with rapper Eric (Eazy-E) Wright. The court Wednesday said there was no evidence the group's behavior at the 1989 show recklessly inconvenienced, annoyed or alarmed anyone--the standard under Ohio law. All five members of NWA had been charged. Lorenzo (M.C.
September 27, 1990 |
A county judge said he will take over questioning of potential jurors today if lawyers in the nation's first obscenity trial of a museum and its director fail to make a more serious effort to seat a jury. "I'm going to have to do something to move this along," Hamilton County Judge David Albanese said. He had said Wednesday that the court will remain in session as long as necessary today to get a jury seated.
September 7, 1990 |
A jury must decide whether an art gallery and its director broke obscenity laws by exhibiting five sexually graphic Robert Mapplethorpe photographs, a judge ruled Thursday. Hamilton County Municipal Judge David J. Albanese ordered Dennis Barrie and the Contemporary Arts Center to stand trial beginning Sept. 24 on one misdemeanor charge each of pandering obscenity.
March 28, 1990 |
A museum planning to exhibit sexually explicit photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe has taken the unusual step of asking a court to decide whether they violate local obscenity laws. The private Contemporary Arts Center hopes to forestall the sheriff's threat to file obscenity charges against the museum when it opens the six-week exhibit April 6.
October 19, 2012 |
It's hard for museums to predict exactly when and where public controversy will strike. But in deciding to exhibit Robert Mapplethorpe's X, Y, Z portfolios, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was well aware that the X series contains some of the most controversial images in the history of American photography. These carefully composed shots of S&M role-playing or hard-core sex acts among gay New York men became a flash point in the culture wars of the early 1990s, leading to the indictment of a Cincinnati museum director on obscenity charges and triggering larger debates about the proper role of the National Endowment for the Arts.
September 25, 1990 |
About 150 people demonstrated for freedom of expression Monday outside a courthouse where an art gallery and its director went on trial for showing Robert Mapplethorpe's sexually graphic photographs. About 50 police officers patrolled on foot, horseback and motorcycles outside the Hamilton County Municipal Court, where a jury was being selected for the misdemeanor obscenity trial of the Contemporary Arts Center and its director, Dennis Barrie.
April 9, 1990 |
An art gallery under indictment for exhibiting allegedly obscene photographs complied with a federal judge's order and turned over to prosecutors today copies of 174 controversial Robert Mapplethorpe photos. U.S. District Judge Carl B. Rubin on Sunday ordered the Contemporary Arts Center to provide prosecutors with copies of the pictures as a condition for restraining law enforcement officials from taking further action against the gallery.
June 8, 1990
Re Joseph Bell's May 5 column: "Time to Speak Out Against Censors" perpetuates the idea than an apparent jurisdictional dispute at Fullerton's Muckenthaler Cultural Center is a case of blatant censorship. The wisdom of removing the work in question, a photo of a nude John Lennon, on the basis of not conforming with the theme of the show may be open to question. It is not, however, censorship any more than is failure to publish every letter to the editor. The outrage expressed by photographer Annie Leibovitz and others may be understandable but hardly unbiased.
September 24, 1990 |
Gay activists held a "sex-in" outside the county courthouse today as an art museum and its director went on trial on obscenity charges for displaying photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe. The Contemporary Arts Center and director Dennis Barrie were indicted in April on charges of pandering obscenity and child pornography for showing the photographs. The trial, expected to last 10 days, involves seven of the 175 photos displayed at the gallery last spring.
April 16, 1990 |
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.