Franklin Furnace, Barbara Kruger, Franklin Furnace Fights for First Amendment Rights, Poster, 1990


Franklin Furnace Fights for First Amendment Rights, Barbara Kruger, Wednesday, July 11, 1990. Poster, 22 x 28 inches. Originally folded and has some creasing.

This rally against censorship was sparked by the temporary closure of the art space Franklin Furnace by the New York Fire Department.  This action was thought to be connected to the broader censorship of queer, erotic and feminist art then being led by Senator Jesse Helms.  The poster designed by artist Barbara Kruger features a strange image along with an intriguing list of event participants.

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