Name: Photographs of Evan Johnson

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


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Artist: Evan Johnson

Confronting Bodies: The Cultural Arts Council of Mendocino County

Date of Action: October 2002

Specific Location: Willits Center For the Arts, Mendocino County, CA

Description of Artwork: Digitally manipulated photo images, which included Dick Cheney, Vice-President of USA, the first President Bush and swastika

Description of Incident: The Cultural Arts Council of Mendocino County invited, by way of newspaper ad, all local artists to display their works at the Willits Center For the Arts with no indication of the criteria of selection. Evan Johnson, a professional photographer, submitted his photographs. However he was told by one of the officers of the Arts Council that his work could not be displayed because of its content, which would upset the County Manager. The city has agreed to meet with the artist to talk about this. In the meantime, the exhibition opened without the photographs of Evan Johnson.

Results of Incident: National Coalition Against Censorship and the First Amendment Project in Oakland, CA sent a letter to The Cultural Arts Council of Mendocino County explaining them the implications of the First Amendment. Following this the photographs were returned to the exhibition.

Source: The First Amendment Project, NCAC

Submitted By: NCAC

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