The Falmouth Art Center will host a “Community Conversation on Art and Censorship” on Wednesday, October 24, from 6 to 7:30 PM, at the Falmouth Art Center at 137 Gifford Street in Falmouth. The event is open to the public.
The discussion is in response to the community’s concern about a recent incident in which artist Salley Mavor was asked to remove political content from a show to be displayed at Highfield Hall & Gardens in Falmouth.
That incident has led to discussion in the community about the roles of artists, art nonprofits and gallery space. The “Community Conversation on Art and Censorship” is meant to add constructive conversation to the dialogue.
Among those on the panel will be Ms. Mavor, who is from Falmouth; Nora Burchfield, who is executive director of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell; and Elaine A. King, a part-time Bourne resident who is an art curator, critic, professor and editor. Dr. King is co-editor of the book of essays, “Ethics and the Visual Arts.”
Ms. Mavor’s show, “Liberty and Justice: The Satirical Art of Salley Mavor,” is currently on view at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell.
Falmouth Art Center executive director Laura M. Reckford will moderate the panel. Ms. Reckford began her position at the Falmouth Art Center last month. “This institution has played an important role in Falmouth’s cultural community since the founding of the Falmouth Artists Guild in 1965. I felt it was appropriate that this space be a place where people can come together to talk about the roles of art and culture in our community,” she said.