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300 People Attend Barbara Nitke Photography Exhibit

On July 10, 2002, the opening reception of Barbara Nitke: Twenty Years was attended by 300 people at Art @ Large. The Nitke show can be viewed until August 3rd at Art @ Large, 630 Ninth Ave, No. 707, New York, NY.

On July 10, 2002, the opening reception of Barbara Nitke: Twenty Years was attended by 300 people at Art @ Large. The Nitke show can be viewed until August 3rd at Art @ Large, 630 Ninth Ave, No. 707, New York, NY.

The exhibit coincides with the filing for a preliminary injunction in the Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom vs. John Ashcroft, a landmark lawsuit that seeks to overturn the federal law limiting free speech on the Internet. The lawsuit claims that the Communication Decency Act's definition of obscenity is so broad and vague that it inhibits the discussion of sexual issues on the Internet among adults.

"My show "Twenty Years" is an exploration of sexual relationship and desire which began on the sets of porn movies in the early eighties, and has focused for the last decade on a loving view of SM," says Nitke, who filed the lawsuit because she is concerned her photographs could be deemed illegal under the law. "I think that adults who want to see my Web site should have the right to visit and look at it."


Hailed by The Village Voice for her quest "to find humanity in marginal sex," Nitke has gained worldwide attention for her powerful photographs chronicling relationships between consenting adults engaged in sadomasochistic activities. A professional photographer since 1982, Nitke is president of The Camera Club of New York and serves on the faculty of the New York School of Visual Arts. She operates a Web site (www.barbaranitke.com), which showcases her photographs.


"We've chosen to feature Barbara's photographs for the trust they evoke, the desire they express, and the beauty they convey," stated Pet Silvia, manager, Art @ Large. "For an artist to stand in the public eye, with her legal name, and challenge an unconstitutional law, takes a nerve and tenacity not often witnessed in a lifetime."


Art @ Large

Summer Hours: Tues - Fri: 1 - 6pm

Weekends by Appointment

630 Ninth Ave, No. 707, New York NY


Photographs of the opening available on request.


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