The B-Word Project To Launch At Carpenter Center and University Art Museum at CSULB

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Banned, Blacklisted and Boycotted: Censorship and the Response to It (The B-Word Project) is a campus-wide initiative coordinated by the Carpenter Performing Arts Center to focus attention on censorship through innovative collaborations with departments, organizations, and off-campus entities. It will stimulate wide-ranging discussions and activities that examine what happens when a voice—whether in artistic endeavors, journalism, scientific research or other areas—is stifled through governmental, commercial, or social restraints.

Activities will include participation by the performing artists known as the NEA 4 (Tim Miller, Holly Hughes, John Fleck, and Karen Finley); many new course offerings; a reconstructed dance piece by Bill T. Jones performed by CSULB students; a major visual art exhibit on the Peace Press; a substantial look at newly-restored censored murals by David Alfaro Siqueiros; a film series on the effects of the Hollywood Blacklist and FCC Decency/Obscenity Rules; a visiting artist series focusing on visual artists with informal meetings and lectures; a residency by Sweet Honey in the Rock with performances and workshops on the music of African Americans; a lecture by Iranian author Azar Nafisi.

The B-Word Project is made possible by a Creative Campus Innovations Grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The B-Word Project kick-off events:

September 7: 5:00-7:00pm
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: “Censorship and the First Amendment” with
Dr. Kevin Johnson, Research Director at the CSULB Center for First
Amendment Studies.
Carpenter Center

September 10: 5:00-8:00pm
OPENING RECEPTION
Peace Press Graphics 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change
University Art Museum

The Banned, Blacklisted and Boycotted: Censorship and the Response to It (The B-Word Project), beginning fall 2011, through spring and fall of 2012, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815 and the University Art Museum, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840.

Cost: Most events are FREE and open to the public.

For a complete list of events and information please visit: www.BWORDPROJECT.org.

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