FORBIDDEN FILMS: A Historical Survey of Censorship in Films

6/21/1984 – 8/30/1984

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: D.W. Griffith, Roberto Rossellini, Ingmar Bergman, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean Genet, Mark Rydell, Howard Hawks, Walter Hill, Gustav Machaty, Elia Kazan, Alf Sjoberg, Shirley Clarke, Joris Ivens, H. Rappaport & A. Minkin, Louis Malle, Haskell Wexler, Nicholas Broomfield & Joan Churchill

Exhibition: Organized in conjunction with the New York Public Library, this three-month long film series examined 17 films that were challenged, banned, or censored by city and state censor boards or prosecuted in the Supreme Court because of issues of violence, politics, racism, or sexuality. This series, beginning with D.W. Griffith’s 1915 Birth of a Nation, was part of a larger program of exhibitions, symposia, and talks entitled “Interpreting Censorship.” All screenings were held at the Donnell Library Center. Each screening was followed by a discussion with First Amendment lawyer Edward de Grazia.

Publication: An important component to the program was a catalogue that documented the series with a critical essay by first amendment lawyer Edward de Grazia, photographs and historical newspaper articles detailing the reasons for censorship.


10/4/1984 – 11/3/1984

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Sam Bruskin, Marina Capalletto, Gretchen Gelb, Deborah Kass, Kim Keever, Lilliana Luboya, Carey Marvin, Melissa Meyer, Yolanda Shashaty, George Singley, Robert Tharsing

Exhibition: The inaugural exhibit at Exit Art’s first space at 578 Broadway. It featured the work of 11 artists who were concerned with fantastic and surrealistic images in nature and who used the medium of paint as a metaphor of nature. The artists, each represented by several works, were mostly young and had not exhibited extensively.

Travel: Wake Forest University, NC

MELISSA MEYER: Paintings and Drawings 1980-1984

11/16/1984 – 12/29/1984

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Exhibition: An exhibition of painting and drawings from 1980 to 1984 inaugurating Exit Art’s new program of comprehensive one person exhibitions, which provided mid-career artists the opportunity to exhibit a large body of work, and to allow the public to examine this work in the context of its own development and to critically analyze it through an essay and catalogue that placed the work within an historical context.

Publication: Catalog with an essay by Stephen Westfall, reproductions of the work, and biographical information.

MIRALDA: Santa Comida / Holy Food

12/4/1984 – 2/26/1985

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Exhibition: An installation by multi-media artist Miralda that explored the historical practices and present images of the religious rituals of Afro-Cuban and Afro-American customs of feeding their gods. The installation included a series of altars depicting both the Christian and Yoruba gods and the foods connected with each saint.

Publication: Color catalog documenting the installation with an essay by Yoruba scholar John Mason.

Travel: El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; Dade County Museum, Miami, FL; Fundacion Juan Miro, Barcelona, Spain