June 28, 1989 |
A controversial Robert Mapplethorpe photography exhibit canceled by the Corcoran Gallery of Art has been booked into the Washington Project for the Arts July 21 through Aug. 13, pending resolution of final details. Corcoran officials pulled the exhibit, which includes sadomasochistic and sexual images, to avoid exacerbating a congressional battle over National Endowment for the Arts funding. WPA Director Jock Reynolds is not worried about showing "Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment."
August 31, 1989 |
Artists contributing to two exhibits scheduled to appear at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington this season have withdrawn their work because the museum canceled an exhibit by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, a gallery spokeswoman said Wednesday. The two exhibits were designed to survey trends in contemporary art. A third, much larger exhibit involving Soviet and American artists, also is endangered, officials said.
December 4, 1989
Jesse Jackson, viewing for the first time the controversial painting that depicts him as a blond, blue-eyed white man, said Sunday, "It's not the picture that's the insult. It's the reality behind the picture: That's the insult." The portrait, entitled "How Ya Like Me Now?" by artist David Hammons and part of the Washington Project for the Arts "The Blues Aesthetic" exhibition, was placed on a street corner Wednesday evening.
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.
July 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art & Design will feature an unusual exhibit Saturday: Chajana denHarder sleeping, or attempting to sleep, all day. The exhibit, named "Sleep," is part of a series of performances, exhibitions and installations organized by the gallery and Washington Project for the Arts on a glass bridge above the entrance to the museum across from the White House. The artist will be on the bridge for seven hours without food, drink, blanket or pillow.