The Art of Democracy Is a National Coalition of Art Exhibitions
on the Dire State of American Politics Scheduled for the Fall of 2008.

Berkeley, California Exhibition

Pueblo Nuevo Gallery
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one block north of University Avenue in Berkeley
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November 8 – November 30, 2008

An Art of Democracy show at the Addison Street Windows Gallery has been censored.
It has emerged that the curator has a pattern of censoring work for at least three years.

Articles on the censorship of Art of Democracy posters in

Come and join us at Pueblo Nuevo Gallery to see the censored art in the home of Free Speech.

Saturday November 8, 2008, 4 – 11 pm

Live screenprinting, music, street side display of the censored art, and a gallery full of uncensored art.

Doug Minkler

Jos Sances

Tony Bergquist

Anita Dillman

Censored artists include
Tony Bergquist, Anita Dillman, Doug Minkler Jos Sances, graffiti artist Spie whose work was removed from a show in September 2008, Melanie Cervantes and Ala Ebtekar.

See below for images of earlier incidents of censorship.

Four posters from a national series of exhibitions called Art of Democracy have been censored in Berkeley at the city-run Addison Street Windows Gallery. The curator invented guidelines which she attributed to the Berkeley City Arts Commission. No other venue among the fifty Art of Democracy exhibitions around the country have censored the show. Only in Berkeley, which ironically just erected a monument to free speech, has this show been censored.

The display includes the entire censored Art of Democracy show as well as artwork by additional artists censored at the Addison Street Windows. Under this curator we are discovering there is a long history of censorship and self censorship based on the curator's invented guidelines. Come and lend your support to artistic free expression in Berkeley the home of the Free Speech Movement.

For more information contact Art Hazelwood,

An ongoing pattern of censorship

Here are images we have since discovered were censored earlier by the curator of the Berkeley Addison Street Windows Gallery.The artists statements can be read by clicking on the images.

Melanie Cervantes

Doug Minkler

Original Press release for the exhibition that was censored

The Art Of Democracy
Posters from the National Coalition of Political Art Exhibitions
Addison Street Windows Gallery
2018 Addison Street
Berkeley, California
October 20 – November 29, 2008

Addison Street Windows Gallery will host an exhibition of timely political posters created by artists from across the US within the last six months. Art of Democracy, a national coalition of political art exhibitions, includes more than fifty shows in every region of the country, from Muncie, Indiana, to Vashon Island, Washington, from Kingston Rhode Island to Atlanta, Georgia. These exhibitions are all taking place at the same time in the lead up to the November elections.

Artists connected with the Art of Democracy shows have created political posters and sent them around the country to the different venues. Berkeley’s Addison Street Windows Gallery at 2018 Addison Street will feature these posters from October 20 till November 29. The posters are visible at any time in the street facing windows in downtown Berkeley.

The posters include a wide range of criticisms of the American political scene. There are posters encouraging voting and there are posters discounting its value. One poster by Stephen Fredericks of New York proclaims, “Vote, like your life depends on it … because it does.” While another by Nicolas Lampert, of Milwaukee, WI, depicts a portrait of Emma Goldman with a quote from her, “If voting changed anything they’d make it illegal.” Other images address topics of immigration raids, police surveillance, lost liberty, and war. Included in the display is a large group of Puerto Rican posters by artists who have created work for a poster exchange with San Francisco’s Mission Grafica. The poster exchange between exhibition venues is an integral element of the Art of Democracy. Historically, artist driven posters have played important roles in political and social movements.

In Northern California there are fourteen exhibitions spread out from Davis through the Bay Area and down to Santa Cruz and Monterey. A show in San Francisco at the Meridian Gallery called Art of Democracy - War and Empire includes among other important works two paintings from Fernando Botero’s, Abu Ghraib series. At Monterey Peninsula Community College an exhibition of college student’s political artwork from around the country will be featured.
Not since perhaps the 1930’s exhibition series “Artists Against War and Fascism” has a national coalition of shows like this been organized.

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