CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
December 10, 1990 |
Nearly 100 would-be artists got a chance to work alongside the real thing on Saturday at the Woman's Building. The event was the opening of "Taking Liberties," an exhibition by visual and performance artists whose work has come under fire for its political, sexual or religious content.
August 5, 1990 |
In a small Leningrad flat that eventually became an underground mini-gallery for American tourists, Vladislav Sukhorukov painted for 15 years fearing a knock on the door from the KGB. Under Mikhail S. Gorbachev and perestroika, freedom of expression is easier to come by in the Soviet Union today. But art supplies and sales to visiting foreigners like Paula Spellman of Ojai are not.
May 17, 1990 |
"I think my appointment is really a signal," said Roberto Bedoya, the new executive director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, during his first day on the job. "It's no longer a Euro-centric world, or a Euro-centric Los Angeles, and LACE has been behind in recognizing that. I think my appointment says, 'Here is Roberto Bedoya, a person in charge of a multidisciplinary arts organization, and he's a person of color.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1989 |
Government interference in the arts took a drubbing Saturday as several hundred artists and their supporters, including some pointedly dressed as culture police, staged a rally to protest legislation that would outlaw federal funding for works of art deemed to be offensive or indecent. The protesters, who congregated on the grounds of the Federal Building in Westwood in one of many demonstrations held nationwide, demanded that Congress defeat the controversial measure proposed by Sen.
July 1, 1997 |
A court acquitted a left-wing German politician Monday who had been charged with aiding and supporting guerrilla acts with information linked to her home page on the Internet. The court ruled that Angela Marquardt, 25, a former deputy leader of Germany's reform communist Party of Democratic Socialism, could not be held responsible for the contents of a magazine Germans could access via a "hyperlink" on her home page.
July 11, 1990 |
A parody about Sen. Jesse Helms' efforts to restrict the National Endowment for the Arts is about to hit the radio airwaves. The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that Helms (R-N.C.) is featured in the offbeat lyrics of songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, whose recording "Jesse Don't Like It" is scheduled for release July 23.
October 18, 1990 |
A coalition of more than 160 theaters, playwrights, directors, actors and theater figures has filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Los Angeles choreographer Bella Lewitzky in a lawsuit challenging an anti-obscenity certification imposed on grantees by the National Endowment for the Arts. The petition was filed in federal court in Los Angeles earlier this week after the judge in the case rejected a motion by government lawyers to dismiss Lewitzky's lawsuit.