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February 19, 2007

An Exhibition Notable for What’s Not There

The NY Times
By Paul Berger

FootprintCensor-NYT.jpgThe proposed Nets arena has been depicted as many things by opponents of the Atlantic Yards project, but a gigantic, shining toilet bowl is the most eye-catching critique to date.

The artwork is one of more than 50 works that appeared last fall in an exhibition, “Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood,” at Grand Space, a community center in Prospect Heights.

But last Tuesday night, the 70 or so visitors to the Brooklyn Central Public Library on Grand Army Plaza, where the exhibition is beginning a new life, did not see that item. Nor did they see about a dozen other works that had been on display at Grand Space, including a collage called “Target” of the area near the Atlantic Yards site, and a portrait of Daniel Goldstein, the spokesman for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, a group staunchly opposed to the project.

Those works are absent because the library judged them too partisan or too abstract for its purposes. The decision has led to a debate over censorship that is as spirited as the battle over the project itself.


NoLandGrab: The library's response was that the Goldstein portrait was "hagiographic" and the toilet collage was a "political cartoon."

Yesterday, NoLandGrab spotted hagiography at the library's exhibit and Atlantic Yards Report stumbled over a political cartoon that must have gone over the heads of the censors.

Posted by lumi at February 19, 2007 6:29 AM