NCSF on Twitter   Subscribe to the NCSF RSS Feed   NCSF Blog

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.


Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


A Project of NCSF and NCSF Foundation, Inc.

Sign up for the NCSF Newsletter

JOIN Now - Become a NCSF Member!

ACT Now - Get Involved!

GIVE Now - Support NCSF and the NCSF Foundation!

Why You Should Care

Because your sexual expression...
  • Can result in discrimination, prosecution, and even violence against you
  • Can cause you to lose your children
  • Can cause you to lose your job or your income
  • Can lead you into a maze of antiquated laws and regulations you never even knew existed
  • Is arbitrarily criminalized by state and local authorities
  • Is used by the radical right to marginalize minority groups
  • Can result in the invasion of your privacy by the government, both within your own home or in educational, social and group environments 

How You Can Help

    • Work to change antiquated laws
    • Work to change the social climate about sexual issues
    • Promote acceptance of safe, sane, and consensual alternative sexual practices among consenting adults
    • Oppose censorship of consensual sexual expression
    • Fight for freedom of academic expression about sexual issues
    • Help communities and individuals facing the threat of prosecution or legal action
    • Support the right of adults to express their sexuality, gender identity and orientation freely and openly without fear
    • Learn more about NCSF