Posted: February 28th, 2023

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Controversial Art and Censorship

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

· Textbook: Chapter 14

· Lesson

· Minimum of 1 primary sources (artist statement)

· Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook – from critic)


Although social justice art is not a topic exclusive to the 20th and 21st centuries, the distribution of information regarding controversial art with gender, race, sexual, and/or environmental themes has increased with the proliferation of media. Choose an example of a social justice work of art from the 20th or 21st centuries from any discipline of the humanities (music, literature, sculpture, film, television, etc.). Then, address the following:

· Identify the work and the medium.

· Based on your example, to what extent does this work of art make a social contribution?

· What aesthetic value does the work have? How does it reflect the human condition? How does it relate to your life?

· Has this work ever been censored? If so, explain the circumstances.

· Are governments ever justified in censoring art? Why or why not?

· Examine some of the influences of this work of art. What was the public reaction to this work? Does it effectively portray its message?

· Argue whether or not this work should be considered art. Explain why using terms learned in this course.

· Include an accompanying statement from the artist(s) and a statement from a critic to support your points.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

· Length: 1.5-2 pages (not including title page or references page)

· 1-inch margins

· Double spaced

· 12-point Times New Roman font

· Title page

· References page (minimum of 1 scholarly source and 1 primary source)


CO 2: Analyze the content, forms, and/or techniques of a work of art (e.g., architecture, fine art, literature, and/or drama). 

CO 4: Classify works of art using different approaches (by discipline, genre, style, period, etc.) in order to contextualize the works and relate them to a variety of influences.

CO 6: Examine the relationship between aesthetics, art, and life.

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