The Art of Democracy Is a National Coalition of Art Exhibitions
on the Dire State of American Politics Scheduled for the Fall of 2008.

Oakland, California Exhibition
CONTACT: rgv18 at
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
659 14th Street
Oakland, California

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September 5 - December 31, 2008

Reception: Friday, September 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Curators: Hanna Regev
Steve Woodall
Panel Discussions

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m.,
San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium: Dispelling Dirt: Sex, Gender and Censorship

Saturday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m.,
AAMLO: Mark Twain Then and Now

Saturday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m.
AAMLO: Literary Works on Trial

Saturday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m.,
AAMLO: African American Writers and Censorship

Jos Sances, And Tango Makes Three

This exhibit extends to two venues
San Francisco Center for the Book
African American Museum and Library at Oakland

Exhibition Website

San Francisco Center for the Book, August 8 – October 31, 2008, 300 DeHaro Street, San Francisco, California
African American Museum & Library at Oakland, September 5 - December 31, 2008 659 14th Street, Oakland, California

These two institutions are holding an exhibition titled Banned & Recovered: Artists Respond to Censorship. The show is curated by Hanna Regev and Steve Woodall. Events such as panel discussions, and films will be coordinated with other Bay Area Art of Democracy venues.

Banned and Recovered: Artists Respond to Censorship, an exhibition co-sponsored by the San Francisco Center for the Book and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland in August-December 2008, will present work by Bay Area artists in response to books that have been repressed or censored. Banned and Recovered opens in two stages, first at SFCB on August 8, then at AAMLO in September 5.

We see this is a wonderful opportunity for visual and literary artists to come together in common cause, and create a work of art for the exhibition. The work of 50 artists in all, representing 50 banned books will be on display the two venues. Artists who have already committed to the project include Raymond Saunders, Sandow Birk, Naomie Kremer and Enrique Chagoya.

The main objective of Banned and Recovered... is to raise awareness of censorship as a constant and continuing threat to intellectual freedom and freedom of expression in our schools, communities and around the world. We feel that the attack on freedom of expression has real consequences for our culture for it undermines the core values of the American way of life and society. This exhibition is an invitation to artists to counter the threat to the right of freedom of expression and move the public beyond complacency.

Hanna Regev holds Master of Arts degrees in Museum Studies and Modern European History from San Francisco State University. She works with many cultural organizations and art galleries in San Francisco and the Bay Area, producing public programs in history, art, and museum practice. Regev serves on the board of the First Amendment Project, and is a past president of the Northern California Council of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Steve Woodall has been with the Center for the Book since its founding in 1996, first as Education Director and since 2004 as Artistic Director. SFCB has become one of the premier venues in the United States for exhibitions of book art.

This is an invitational show curated and organized by Hanna Regev and Steve Woodall.

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