(The following information was handed out to patrons of the Noyes Museum today as part of a silent protest to Carolyn Stellatella's art being censored.)
THE ART OF DECOYS REVISITED
YOU MAY LOVE THIS PIECE OR YOU MAY HATE THIS PIECE, THAT'S YOUR RIGHT! THE REAL QUESTION IS,
SHOULD IT BE BANNED?
AND PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY, SHOULD THE NOYES MUSEUM CENSOR ARTISTS IN THIS WAY?
DECIDE FOR YOURSELF!
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freeDom of spEeCh, or of the press; or the right of the peOple peaceablY to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Censorship: the control of access to and dissemination of information, especially on political and moral grounds. In its extreme form, it involves the wholesale banning of information. It is a characteristic of authoritarian states which seek to regulate the flow of information, opinion, and expression. This is usually justified by reference to the public interest and good taste. But censorship plays a part in even the most enlightened and progressive societies since organizations of all kinds have certain secrets which need to be protected for reasons of security. confidentiality, and personal privacy. Such information will be 'classified' to some degree, and be restricted to those authorized to receive it. (source: Crystal Reference Encyclopedia, 2006)
A.M. Weaver, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Noyes Museum of Art wrote: "How will this statement be viewed by the conservative [clientele] that frequents the museum?"
The artist, Carolyn Stellatella wrote, "I don't know. Let's hang the piece and find out."
Gay Walling, Executive Director, the Noyes Museum of Art, wrote: "I am concerned about the choice of images used to make a political statement at this time in our country's history."
The artist, Carolyn Stellatella agrees with D.W. Griffith, who wrote: "We have no wish to offend with improprieties, but we do demand, as a right, the liberty to show the dark side of wrong, that we may illuminate the bright side of virtue."
Gay Walling, Executive Director, the Noyes Museum of Art wrote: "I will be glad to discuss this further with you."
The artist, Carolyn Stellatella: "She never once returned my call."
Please let Gay Walling and the Noyes Museum of Art know what you think about the piece and about the issue of censorship, in person, today at the opening reception, or Gay can be reached at: email@example.com or by phone at: 609-652-8848 ext. 11.