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April 4, 1991 | ALLAN PARACHINI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts called photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe "probably" obscene last year when asked point blank, in private letters from Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), what he thought of them. The episode occurred six months before the arts agency, in a separate action, pulled its name from the credits of a play whose author was openly critical of Helms and of a key conservative religious leader attacking the NEA.
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April 4, 1991 | ALLAN PARACHINI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts called photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe "probably" obscene last year when asked point blank, in private letters from Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), what he thought of them. The episode occurred six months before the arts agency, in a separate action, pulled its name from the credits of a play whose author was openly critical of Helms and of a key conservative religious leader attacking the NEA.
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