"Pornography in the City" Symposium

CUNY Graduate Center

poster for "Pornography in the City" Symposium

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Where and when is pornography and public sexuality constructive? And what, in metropolitan areas such as our neighboring Times Square, is it constructive of? As part of The James Gallery’s mission to support research-in-progress, this interdisciplinary symposium on the politics of sexuality is both a response to the controversy created by “Peeps,” this past summer’s exhibition on the pornographic peep show in the 1960’s and 70’s, and an extension of the debate it inspired. Panelists will tackle persistently unresolved questions of regulation, urban development, social activism, and spectatorship in relation to the exhibition of sexual materials; participants will also speak to issues of gender and exploitation and the relationship between art and pornography. Participants include Douglas Crimp, the author of, most recently, "Melancholia and Moralism," the novelist and critic Samuel Delany, whose works include Time Square Red, Times Square Blue and Amy Herzog, Queens College Film and Media Studies professor and guest curator for the “Peeps” show.


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