Evan Johnson photographs
Region: North America
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Artist: Evan Johnson
Confronting Bodies: The Cultural Arts Council of Mendocino County
Dates of Action: October 2002
Location: Willits Center For the Arts, Mendocino County, CA, USA
Description of Artwork: Digitally manipulated photo images, which included Dick Cheney, Vice-President of USA, the first President Bush and swastika
The Incident: The Cultural Arts Council of Mendocino County invited, by way of newspaper ad, all local artists to display their works at the Willits Center For the Arts with no indication of the criteria of selection. Evan Johnson, a professional photographer, submitted his photographs. However, he was told by one of the officers of the Arts Council that his work could not be displayed because of its content, which would upset the County Manager. The city agreed to meet with the artist to talk about this. In the meantime, the exhibition opened without the photographs of Evan Johnson.
Results of Incident: National Coalition Against Censorship and the First Amendment Project in Oakland, CA sent a letter to The Cultural Arts Council of Mendocino County explaining the implications of the First Amendment to them. Following this the photographs were returned to the exhibition.
Source: The First Amendment Project, NCAC