The Brooklyn parks commission has censored an art exhibition by a group of Brooklyn College Master of Fine Arts students. The exhibit, “Plan B,” which features depictions of male genitalia and an explicit video, was supposed to show at the Brooklyn War Memorial (which is apparently an art venue) until May 25, but last Thursday the Brooklyn parks commissioner shut it down by ordering that the building be closed and the locks be changed. Parks officials have stated that the material was not appropriate for families, but students say that their deal with the city made no stipulations about the content of the artwork. Brooklyn College has suggested that the exhibit be moved to the college’s campus. But as yesterday’s article in Newsday reports, students oppose the move and have set up a blog to document their protest and display media accounts about the situation. Stay tuned.
One advocate was arrested and handcuffed for two hours after peacefully demonstrating in a public park. FIRE is suing to protect the constitutional right to speak freely in public parks.