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Might occur to the crowds were there. The cops were there. But the conflict wasn't. Instead the atmosphere was more like a carnival. With plenty of can't make will for protestors were missing this morning. These folks were here to show their support for a show that's been so much in the news and so long in coming. That it's actually opening seemed somewhat subdued. It has. Judging by the amount of press here you'd think that nothing else was happening. Judging by the police. You'd think there was no such thing as crime. But they watched and people waited to see the biggest drawl the i.c.a. has ever had. We want to see the show especially since. They're making such a big deal out of
the censorship. But i'm curious to find out what all the fuss is about that you weren't made before before all this none of us. Never heard of them but. What are you expecting. Oh my. Well that's the thing. I don't know i some good pictures and perhaps a little erotic. Nonsense. Before today had you been to the i.c.a.. I know has not. You know i have it. You know. First time. Opening day at most shows you'd find only the art world. But made before it does become more than an exhibit. He's become an event. So much so that people assume you want their opinion on the. Controversy when. All you really want is their sense of his art. So they're really made me look i talk of he is a hobby for me. And seeing something like that just i mean it was open my eyes significant like. He's a very design or if you don't think of the human bodies design. But he was. I mean everything there was thought out and planned. He's an incredible artist. And i just i love that
i could stay in there all day since i was a match he just says nine hundred twenty eight i find it very beautiful and. Fascinating. And the compositions and the photography is expensive if you give a favorite image that sort of lingering in your mind now. I guess a recent self-portrait of his where his face is in soft focus and is receding. After his illness and. In the foreground. His hand is holding a desk that. One photograph in particular of. A black gentleman with white hair with a black background. And adjust the angles just to the depth so it just is really impressive. I like the flower photograph a lot. You know it. Touched the right to set it for me. Leave the lines. Body building. Pics i like that. I mean i stayed up on it i was about fifteen minutes. But that was my favorite i had to say that i looked at for a second i don't walk away from. It's it was a surprise. Walk away from some of the amelia. Oh yeah i did a good
Ten O'Clock News
Viewers' opinions of Mapplethorpe
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This news footage covers the August 1st, 1990 opening of the controversial Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston. While art advocates successfully defended the nudity in the exhibit as an free expression of speech, opponents claimed the photos were obscene and should have been censored. This footage shows the competing protests over the exhibit during its opening, as well as interviews with patrons about their expectations and experience of the exhibit.
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Ten O'Clock News was a nightly news show, featuring reports, news stories, and interviews on current events in Boston and the world.
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Arts; Demonstrations; Art -- Exhibitions; Art museums; Mapplethorpe, Robert; freedom of speech; Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)
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Duration: 00:02:43
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