Name: Chicago Flag Exhibition

Date:  1985 - 1995

Location:  North America

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumMixed Media , Painting , Installation

Artist: Barbara Aubin, Diane Grams along with 8 other artists

Confronting Bodies: City of Chicago

Date of Action: October, 1989

Specific Location: Chicago, Illinois

Description of Artwork: Ten works of art utilizing the flag as a political statement.

Description of Incident: The city sued to ban nine flag artworks from public display before the exhibit began, but three weeks later the ACLU won the right to legally display the works of art for a day in their offices until the judge had a chance to make a decision on the case a week later.

Results of Incident: The ACLU sought a ban on all prosecutions of artistic or political expressions involving flags, saying the Chicago ordinance violates the First Amendment and is unworkably vague. The group of artist received settlement to cover all defense fee along with the right to show their work.

Source: Committee For Artists' Rights Archive

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