Blue Things I Wear

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Date: 2004

Region: North America

Subject: Sexual/Gender Orientation

Medium: Video Art


Artist: Jessica Lawless


Confronting Bodies: University of San Diego officials


Dates of Action: February, 2004


Location: San Diego, California


Description of Artwork: Lawless' work, titled Blue Things I Wear, consists of three digital video stills. One is a shot of blue hair ties, another is a shot of blue bras, and the last is a shot of blue hair ties next to a baseball sock, with a blue stripe, wrapped around a blue dildo.

The Incident: Blue Things I Wear was part of The Open Show, featured in San Diego University's 15th annual Social Issues conference. The show was meant to address concerns of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community in the context of social issues. Lawless' work was removed from the show because of the image of the dildo.

Results of Incident: The Open Show's coordinator organized a dialogue/discussion about GLBT issues and censorship.

Source: NCAC