Interactive Bibliography


2016 National Arts Index: An Annual Measure of the Vitality of Arts and Culture in the United States: 2002-2013 / Arts Index: A Project of Americans for the Arts. 2016

“Arts Grants’ Anti-Obscenity Clause Ruled Unconstitutional by U.S. Judge / The New York Times. January 10, 1991.

The Arcades Project. Translated by Rolf Tiedemann. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press. Benjamin, Walter. 1999.

“At Wellesley, Debate Over a Statue in Briefs.” / New York Times. Bidgood, Jess. February 6, 2014.

“NEA Timeline,” On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century, p.240-1. Carr, C.

“Censorship–Art.” / Law Library– American Law and Legal Information. Accessed May 1, 2016..

“Arts Funding: Is Boosting the Status of the Arts a Wise Investment?” / CQ Researcher. Clark, Charles. October 21, 1994..

“Sex–Church–State–Culture Wars.” In David Wojnarowicz: Brush Fires in the Social Landscape, 174-77. New York: Aperture. Cole, David.  2015.

Congressional Record, October 14, 1987, p. S14200f

“Unruffled Helms Basks in Eye of Arts Storm,” New York Times, July 28, 1989, p.B6

“Trigger Warnings Are Flawed”/ Inside Higher Education, Freeman E, Herrera B, Hurley N, King H, Luciano D, Seitler D, White P,  29 May 2014.

Hate J, Hinton C., Fascist Italy London: Hodder Murray, 1998 pg.115

History: TheSymbol.” / The Pink Triangle. 2008.

“Our Identities Matter In Core Classrooms.” / Columbia Spectator.
Johnson, K, Lynch T, Monroe E, Wang T. April 30, 2015.

“Fresco Of Priapus From Pompeii Depicts Problematic Genitalia.” / Forbes. Killgrove, Kristina. June 15, 2015.

“Miller vs California.” / Wikipedia. Accessed January 30, 2016.

Meyer, Richard. “The Jesse Helms Theory of Art”. October 104 (2003): 131–148.

“NCAC Report: What’s All This About Trigger Warnings?” / National Coalition Against Censorship. 2016.

“How Obscene Is This! The Decency Clause Turns 20.” / National Coalition Against Censorship. NCAC, Staff.  September 1, 2010.

“Smithsonian Caves to Conservative Pressure over Gay Exhibit.” / Edge Media Network. Nesti, Robert. December 1, 2010.

Ovid, and Charles Martin. 2004. Metamorphoses. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. 614-617

“Superman Enters the Culture Wars.” / The Village Voice. Pollack, Barbara. January 8, 2002.

“The Mapplethorpe Censorship Controversy.” / Political Research Associates. Quigley, Margaret. 2013.

Smith, Gary. Benjamin: Philosophy, History, Aesthetics. Chicago U.a.: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1989.

“Court Upholds Decency Standard.” / Variety. Stern, Christopher. June 29, 1998.
“How The “Trigger Warning” Took Over The Internet.” / Buzzfeed.
Vingiano, Ali. May 5, 2014.


Featured Artist Works

I am deeply grateful for the use of the following artists’ works in this film, listed in order of appearance.


Tony Matelli


installation at Wellesley College, 2014


Robert Mapplethorpe


gelatin silver print, 1982

Mark Stevens (Mr. 10 1/2)

gelatin silver print, 1973

Ken Moody and Robert Sherman

gelatin silver print, 1984


gelatin silver print, 1983

Calla Lily

gelatin silver print, 1988


Giorgio De Chirico

The Enigma of a Day

oil on canvas, 1914


Gerardo Dottori


oil on canvas, 1929


Andres Serrano

Piss Christ

cibachrome print, 1987


Melissa Peterson

I Have Fear

gallery installation, 2011


Felix Gonzales-Torres

“Untitled” (Go-Go Dancing Platform)

gallery installation, 1991


Tim Miller

Lay of the Land

film still, 2009


Marlon Riggs

Tongues Untied

film still, 1989


I also make visual or textual reference to the following artists’ works:


William Pope L.

Member (a.k.a. A Schlong Journey)

public performance, 1997


David Wojnarowicz

Untitled, (in collaboration with Phil Zwickler and Rosa von Praunheim)

still from the film “Silence = Death”, 1990


“Alpheus and Arethusa”

by Roman School painters, Carlo Maratta, René Antoine Houasse