June 8, 1995 |
A constitutional amendment restoring to the states and Congress the authority to ban desecration of the American flag was sent to the full House on Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee approved the amendment on a party-line vote of 18 to 12. It would override a 1989 Supreme Court ruling that threw out state laws prohibiting flag burning and other acts of desecration, saying they violated First Amendment guarantees of freedom of expression.
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September 28, 1990 |
Four performance artists denied National Endowment for the Arts fellowships on what they say are political grounds filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles federal court seeking an order overruling the grant rejections. Lawyers for the four said they would also file a petition for a temporary restraining order today that would bar the arts endowment from spending the $23,000 earmarked for the fellowships until the dispute is resolved.
June 23, 1990 |
A Los Angeles arts lobbying group has organized a city-wide series of performances, exhibitions and lectures as part of a nationwide effort to promote unrestricted federal arts funding and to educate the public about current issues involving the National Endowment for the Arts. The events, organized by the Los Angeles Coalition for Freedom of Expression and dubbed the "L.A.
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.
November 16, 1990 |
Though his troupe has been a target in recent controversies over freedom of expression, a top official at South Coast Repertory has declined an invitation to discuss the topic as a member of a key panel at an important meeting of the state's arts community this weekend.
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February 27, 1992 |
For the second time in two months, motorcyclists Wednesday failed to persuade a judge to block enforcement of the state's new mandatory helmet law, despite arguments that it violates their right to freedom of expression and subjects them to harassment by law enforcement officers. Superior Court Judge James J. Alfano rejected a host of constitutional challenges, saying that in passing the law California legislators had a legitimate intent to protect the safety of citizens on the highways.
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June 17, 1990 |
Rock singer Sammy Hagar and actress Stephanie Zimbalist will soon get an earful about U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Lomita). Zimbalist and Hagar are among hundreds of Rohrabacher's political contributors who are being targeted in a mailing this week by a Long Beach-based group that opposes the congressman's efforts to rein in the National Endowment for the Arts.
September 19, 1989 |
The director and executive trustees of the embattled Corcoran Gallery of Art issued a statement Monday expressing "regret" for offending members of the arts community with their cancellation of a show of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs, and said: "Our course in the future will be to support art, artists and freedom of artistic expression."
October 11, 1991 |
When Laguna Beach photographer Marilyn Lennon told friends and fellow artists that slides she had taken of a partially nude 12-year-old model were turned over to Irvine police by a photo processing laboratory, it didn't take long for the Kafka-esque saga of San Francisco photographer Jock Sturges to enter the conversation. Sturges' photographs, which often feature nude women and children, have been exhibited widely in galleries and major museums.