Collection Title: Franklin Furnace : performance and politics collection
Title: Franklin Furnace fights for first amendment rights (Tapes 1-3)
Date: 1990 July 11
Location: Performed at The Public Theater, New York, NY, USA on July 11, 1990.
Work Type: Performance art., Discussion., Presentation.
Credits:
Isabel Samaras (Franklin Furnace Program Coordinator).
Cast/Performers:
Featuring performances and discussions by Spalding Gray, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, Eric Bagosian, Cee Brown, Allen Ginsberg, Dianne Torr, Paul McMahon, Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Annie Sprinkle, Frank Maya, Lynne Tillman, and Karen Finley.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:50:56
Language: In English.
Synopsis: Refusing to limit the expression of the artists it presents and funds, Franklin Furnace held “Franklin Furnace Fights for First Amendment Rights” at The Public Theater as the culture wars began in the United States. This event was prompted by the recent closure of Franklin Furnace by the New York Fire Department for being an “illegal social club,” despite the organization’s growing recognition as an avant-garde gallery. Following the closure, Franklin Furnace was demonized by Republican Senator Jesse Helms for presenting Karen Finley's installation, A Woman's Life Isn't Worth (1990), which led to audits by the Internal Revenue Service and later to rescinded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In “Franklin Furnace Fights for First Amendment Rights,” artists and guests address the growing wave of censorship in the arts, especially surrounding sexual, queer, and feminist content, as well as the conservative political agendas projected onto the artistic landscape of the United States. Featured presenters in this video include Spalding Gray, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, Eric Bagosian, Cee Brown, Allen Ginsberg, Dianne Torr, Paul McMahon, Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Annie Sprinkle, Frank Maya, Lynne Tillman, and Karen Finley.Franklin Furnace was founded in 1976 by artist Martha Wilson to champion ephemeral forms neglected by mainstream arts institutions. Franklin Furnace’s mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. The organization is dedicated to serving artists by providing both physical and virtual venues for the presentation of time-based visual art, including but not limited to artists’ books, installation art, performance art, and unforeseen contemporary avant-garde art forms; and to undertake other activities related to these purposes. Franklin Furnace is committed to serving emerging artists; to assuming an aggressive pedagogical stance with regard to the value of avant-garde art to life; and to fostering artists’ zeal to broadcast ideas. The organization has developed a place in art history for artists’ books, temporary installation art, and performance art. www.franklinfurnace.org
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Copyright Holder: Franklin Furnace
Contact: Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Address:
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue
ISC Building, Rooms 209-211
Brooklyn, NY 11205
U.S.A.
Phone(Business): +1-718-687-5800
Phone(Fax): +1-718-687-5830
Email: mail@franklinfurnace.org
Website: http://www.franklinfurnace.org