Jacobsen, Carol

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Artist, associate professor of video and photography in the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan; awarded grants from Amnesty International and the National Endowment for the Arts for work done pertaining to women, criminalization, and censorship; curator of "Porn'Im'age'ry: Picturing Prostitutes" the controversial exhibit at the University of Michigan Law School in October 1992.

The exhibit contained images of and by prostitutes and was "pro-prostitute, pro-sex, and pro-porn", according to Jacobsen. A videotape installation that included "Outlaw Poverty, Not Prostitutes" by Carol Leigh, "Portrait of a Sexual Evolutionary" by Veronica Vera, "The Salt Mines" by Susanna Aiken and Carlos Aparicio, "Transvestite Hookers" and "My Own Private Seattle" by Randy Barbados, and "Street Sex" by Carol Jacobsen was removed after objections were made to its contents. Ultimately the entire exhibit was forcibly removed, resulting in a year of legal negotiations between Jacobsen, Marjorie Heins (ACLU), and Dean Lee Bollinger (UM Law School) over the legality of censoring the exhibit. The exhibit was reinstalled in October 1993.

From the description of Porn' im'age'ry collection, 1987-1995. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 62718691

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creatorOf JACOBSEN, CAROL. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Jacobsen, Carol. Porn' im'age'ry collection, 1987-1995. University of Michigan
creatorOf JACOBSEN, CAROL. Franklin Furnace artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Jacobsen, Carol : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Jacobsen, Carol. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Jacobsen, Carol. PAD/D pamphlet file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
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associatedWith Aiken, Susanna. person
associatedWith Allen, Paula. person
associatedWith Barbados, Randy. person
associatedWith Bollinger, Lee C., 1946- person
associatedWith Heins, Marjorie. person
associatedWith Leigh, Carol. person
associatedWith MacKinnon, Catherine A. person
associatedWith Sprinkle, Annie, 1954- person
associatedWith University of Michigan corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Law School. corporateBody
associatedWith Vera, Veronica. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Michigan--Ann Arbor
United States
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Multimedia (Art)--Exhibitions
Pornography--Censorship
Prostitutes--Civil rights
Prostitutes in art--Exhibitions
Feminism and art
Exhibitions
Prostitutes
Pornography--Social aspects
Prostitutes--Legal status, law
Arts--Censorship
Prostitution
Feminists
Women artists--20th century
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Active 1987

Active 1995

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