Feb 5, 2019, 5PM–7PM

Producing the Mapplethorpe Moment: Artistic Expression in Fraught Times

Jim Callaway for the Cincinnati Enquirer, 1990

ICA and the Alice Paul Center present “Producing the Mapplethorpe Moment: Artist Expression in Fraught Times.” Commemorating the 30th anniversary of ICA’s exhibition, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, this panel discussion will use the conflict surrounding the exhibition as a launching 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, Katherine Stein Sachs CW’69 and Keith L. Sachs W’67 Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania
Judith Tannenbaum, former Curator, Associate Director, and Interim Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art
Sophia Wallace, Interdisciplinary Artist

“Producing the Mapplethorpe Moment” is part of the Alice Paul Center’s yearlong series: Beyond Free Speech and Safe Space: Reimagining Open Expression, Inclusion and Argument.

To learn more, visit the Alice Paul Center’s website

Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan.


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