Censorious is a funny, provocative, feminist overview of the culture wars in the U.S., narrated by artists Carolee Schneemann, Martha Wilson, Holly Hughes, Renee Cox and others who fought major battles for their politically charged works. The film spans the decades from the early 1970s to recent years. Censored works in painting, sculpture, video, photography, installation and performance art punctuate the documentary. This presentation will be a screening + discussion with audience on issues raised in the film. AV needs: screen, projector, speakers, DVD deck or Time needs: 1 hour (30 min. film + 20 min. open discussion)
Carol Jacobsen, Director, Co-Producer: Carol Jacobsen is an award winning social documentary artist whose works in video, installation and photography address issues of women’s criminalization, human rights and censorship. Her work has been exhibited and screened worldwide, including at Lincoln Center, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Centre de Cultural Contemporanea, Barcelona; Kunstforum, Bonn; Paris Feminist & Lesbian Film Festival; Human Rights Watch International Tour, and elsewhere. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Paul Robeson Foundation, The Center for New Television, Women in Film Foundation, Art Matters, Rockefeller Foundation and others. Her critical essays on feminism, art and politics have appeared in The New York Law Review, Hastings Women’s Law Journal, Signs Journal, Social Text, Art in America, and other publications. She is Professor of Art, Women’s Studies and Human Rights at The University of Michigan, and she serves as Director of the Michigan Women’s Justice & Clemency Project. She is represented by Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York City. Shaun Bangert, Co-Producer, Professor, Saginaw Valley State University
Shaun Bangert is a photographer and video artist whose works engage social commentary and autobiographical narratives. Her works have been shown nationally, including at the Detroit Institute of Art, Center for Creative Studies, Ceres Gallery, New York, and elsewhere. She is a Professor of Art at Saginaw Valley State University where she teaches video, graphics and multi-media. Marilyn Zimmerman, Co-Producer, Associate Professor, Wayne State University
Marilyn Zimmerman is a photographer and Associate Professor at Wayne State University. Her social documentary work presents feminist views of the post nuclear family and Detroit’s urban and industrial past. In each, she investigates the inherent limitations of these over-romanticized systems through social critiques that incorporate issues of gender, race and class. Her work is collected in the Detroit Institute of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Art Institute of Chicago and elsewhere, and has been shown throughout the U.S. and abroad.