I have felt somewhat bogged down by the versions and details of the story here. I just sort of woke up out of that confusion and would like to add that I think that the excluded piece should be returned to the show.
Why not hang it with over 18 door signage now? High school artists with work in the show and their friends/siblings already had some time to see the show.
There really must be some way to balance giving artist minors access and not excluding an accepted piece with an important and timely message.
I was really glad to see this blog post and I'm glad to see a discussion about these issues. They're obviously important enough to warrant a lot of thought and communication. Despite the huge bummer that the poster got pulled, this is an opportunity to explore ways to deal with access and censorship issues, both in terms of processes in our local galleries and more generally through dialogue. I hope the Pittsburgh art scene continues to be thoughtful about inclusion/exclusion/access. The show itself is great, very exciting.
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