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{{Display censorship incident
 
|ongoing=no
 
|ongoing=no
|year=1964
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|year=2016
 
|region=North America
 
|region=North America
|artist=Andy Warhol,
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|artist=Dread Scott,
|subject=Political/Economic/Social Opinion
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|subject=Political/Economic/Social Opinion, Violence
|confronting_bodies=Governor Nelson Rockefeller
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|confronting_bodies=Outfront Media
|medium=Installation, Public Art
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|medium=Design, Public Art
|date_of_action=April 18, 1964
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|date_of_action=September-November 2016
|location=New York State Pavilion, Queens
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|location=Kansas City, Missouri
|description_of_content='13 Most Wanted Men' was part of a prominent set of public commissions made for the exterior of the Philip Johnson-designed New York State Pavilion for the 1964 World's Fair in Queens, NY. For the piece, Warhol enlarged mug shots from a NYPD booklet featuring the 13 most wanted criminals of 1962, forming a chessboard of front and profile views. '13 Most Wanted Men' was installed on April 15, 1964.
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|description_of_content=The originally proposed work incorporates a photograph of a flag bearing a message about racial violence on the left-hand side of the billboard, and on the right-hand side, a black background bearing three columns of hashtags with names of innocent African American men and women who have fallen victim to police violence.
|description_of_incident=The piece was only visible for 48 hours. By order of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, it was painted over by Fair officials’ with silver paint a few days later. When the Fair opened to the public, all that was visible was a large silver square.
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|description_of_incident=The work, proposed on behalf of the artist by the arts organization 50/50, was scheduled for display on the billboard at 1628 Wyoming Street. 50/50 leases the billboard from Outfront Media as part of their rotating exhibition program in Kansas City. Outfront Media rejected the artwork because they thought it violated their policy against “negative advertising” as well as the requirement that “ads have to be positive (non-confrontational toward any group or individual) to maintain relationships throughout the community.”
|description_of_result=Later in the summer of 1964, Warhol produced another set of the Most Wanted Men paintings with the screens he had used to make the mural.
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|image=13 Most Wanted Men Mural.jpg
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Dread Scott and 50/50 contacted NCAC for assistance. NCAC wrote a letter to Outfront CEO along with a letter from 50/50's lawyer. Dread Scott also proposed a second billboard design as a compromise, which removed the most controversial element, the photograph of the flag, and instead consisted of a black background with four columns memorializing the names of innocent African Americans who died at the hands of police.
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|description_of_result=Outfront Media accepted the compromise and the new billboard design went forward.
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'A Partial Listing of People Lynched By Police Recently' on view through December 31st for BLACK LIVES MATTER at 50/50 Kansas City.
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|image=Kansas Lynched Billboard final.jpg
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|source=http://www.5050kc.com/programs
 
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[https://observer.com/2014/04/13-most-wanted-men-andy-warhol-and-the-1964-worlds-fair-at-the-queens-museum/ ‘13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair’ at the Queens Museum], by Maika Pollack, Observer, 04/30/14
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Images and correspondence between NCAC, the artist and 50/50.
  
[https://www.economist.com/prospero/2014/05/09/most-wanted Andy Warhol - Most wanted. When "13 Most Wanted Men" was unveiled 50 years ago the organisers were so horrified they painted over it. This year the Queens Museum, New York, is making it their centrepiece], The Economist, May 9th 2014
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[http://ncac.org/blog/with-ncac-help-artist-successfully-overturns-corporations-objections-to-black-lives-matter-artwork With NCAC Help, Artist Successfully Reverses Corporation’s Objections to Black Lives Matter Artwork], DECEMBER 6, 2016
  
[https://www.warhol.org/exhibition/13-most-wanted-men-andy-warhol-and-the-1964-worlds-fair/ Fifty years ago, Andy Warhol sparked a minor scandal at the 1964 New York World’s Fair], EXHIBITION: Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PA: September 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015
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http://www.5050kc.com/blacklivesmatter/
  
[https://www.complex.com/style/2014/04/andy-warhols-scandalous-13-most-wanted-men-get-displayed-for-the-first-time-ever-at-queens-museum Andy Warhol's Scandalous "13 Most Wanted Men" Invade Queens Museum], Complex,  by Susan Cheng APR 16, 2014
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http://www.dreadscott.net/works/a-man-was-lynched-by-police-yesterday/
  
[https://queensmuseum.org/2013/11/andy-warhols-13-most-wanted-men-and-the-1964-worlds-fair 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair], Queens Museum exhibition, Apr 27 -
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https://www.facebook.com/5050kc/photos/a.248368255355616.1073741828.242754435916998/575524509306654/?type=3&theater
Sep 7 2014
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[https://publicdelivery.org/andy-warhol-thirteen-most-wanted-men/ ANDY WARHOL’S SCANDALOUS MURAL WAS DESTROYED WITHIN DAYS]
 
  
 
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Featured Case



Kansas Lynched Billboard final.jpg

Artist: Dread Scott

Year: 2016

Date of Action: September-November 2016

Region: North America

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion, Violence

Medium: Design, Public Art

Confronting Bodies: Outfront Media

Description of Artwork: The originally proposed work incorporates a photograph of a flag bearing a message about racial violence on the left-hand side of the billboard, and on the right-hand side, a black background bearing three columns of hashtags with names of innocent African American men and women who have fallen victim to police violence.

The Incident: The work, proposed on behalf of the artist by the arts organization 50/50, was scheduled for display on the billboard at 1628 Wyoming Street. 50/50 leases the billboard from Outfront Media as part of their rotating exhibition program in Kansas City. Outfront Media rejected the artwork because they thought it violated their policy against “negative advertising” as well as the requirement that “ads have to be positive (non-confrontational toward any group or individual) to maintain relationships throughout the community.”

Dread Scott and 50/50 contacted NCAC for assistance. NCAC wrote a letter to Outfront CEO along with a letter from 50/50's lawyer. Dread Scott also proposed a second billboard design as a compromise, which removed the most controversial element, the photograph of the flag, and instead consisted of a black background with four columns memorializing the names of innocent African Americans who died at the hands of police.

Results of Incident: Outfront Media accepted the compromise and the new billboard design went forward.

'A Partial Listing of People Lynched By Police Recently' on view through December 31st for BLACK LIVES MATTER at 50/50 Kansas City.

Source: http://www.5050kc.com/programs


Images and correspondence between NCAC, the artist and 50/50.

With NCAC Help, Artist Successfully Reverses Corporation’s Objections to Black Lives Matter Artwork, DECEMBER 6, 2016

http://www.5050kc.com/blacklivesmatter/

http://www.dreadscott.net/works/a-man-was-lynched-by-police-yesterday/

https://www.facebook.com/5050kc/photos/a.248368255355616.1073741828.242754435916998/575524509306654/?type=3&theater

















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