Another riveting exhibition is shared by San Francisco's Center for the Book and Oakland's African American Library and Museum. "Banned and Recovered: Artists Respond to Censorship" focuses on not only the banning of books and digital media but also the climate of surveillance, the self-censorship that occurs in an environment when it's deemed unpatriotic to speak out.
Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall was banned in South Africa, where the song was a rallying cry against apartheid. A moving DVD by artist Clinton Fein uses his childhood experiences in South Africa to chronicle the impact of that song. Fein passionately challenges First Amendment abuses, even as far as the Supreme Court. Most recently he has been embroiled in controversy surrounding his series of giant, disturbing, aestheticized photographs reproducing the Abu Ghraib atrocities.
Fein is one of eight artists in the upcoming "NOISE" exhibition opening Oct. 16 at Monterey's Anton Gallery.
Causes Clinton Fein Supports
First Amendment Project
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network