Watch the video of “Producing the Mapplethorpe Moment: Artistic Expression in Fraught Times"
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Mapplethorpe The Perfect Moment exhibit at Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art, this panel discussion will use the conflict surrounding the exhibit as a launching off point to consider artist expression in our present moment of heightened reactiveness about the (false) incompatibility of free speech and safe spaces. The panel includes:
Zach Blas, artist, filmmaker, and writer
Wayne Modest, head of the Research Center of Material Culture
Amy Sadao, Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art
Kaja Silverman, professor of Contemporary Art
Judith Tannenbaum, former curator, associate director, and interim director of the Institute of Contemporary Art
Sophia Wallace, interdisciplinary artist
The Mapplethorpe Moment is a partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art, and part of the Alice Paul Center’s yearlong series: Beyond Free Speech and Safe Space: Reimagining Open Expression, Inclusion and Argument.
Photo credits: The perfect moment to stop censorship: Photo Enquirer file - Jim Callaway. If you give artists freedom of expression: AP/Wide World Photos
Tickets are not required, but RSVP is appreciated