NEW YORK (May 4, 2006) After a successful and well-attended opening Wednesday night, the Brooklyn College MFA thesis exhibition, Plan B, held at the Brooklyn War Memorial, was suddenly shut down Thursday afternoon by the Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner because of complaints of sexual content.

The student show, mounted as a graduation requirement for the Master of Fine Arts Degree at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, apparently received complaints for explicit subject matter from one or more visitors to the May 3 opening, and was ordered immediately shut down by the Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner, Julius Spiegel. This came as a surprise to the students who have been working under the direction of Brooklyn College faculty in a program administered by the City of New York. The exhibition was even attended by the President and Provost of Brooklyn College, who reported that they enjoyed the show.

Wednesday at approximately 3:30pm, MFA students Sarah Phillips, Yejin Jun and Christopher Moss, monitoring the exhibition at the Brooklyn War Memorial, were ordered by the Brooklyn War Memorial Building Supervisor to immediately leave the premises as a locksmith working for the Parks Department changed the locks and refused to allow the students to re-enter the space.

Locked within the space is the artwork of the program’s eighteen graduating artists, developed over two years of intensive graduate study. Each of the artists has invested thousands of hours of labor as well as the costs of for tuition and art supplies in developing the work presented in this thesis exhibition, the culmination of their graduate study. Some of the artists have even created large scale, site-specific works specifically for the exhibition, and would have to completely destroy the pieces in order to move them.

The artists in the exhibition include: Carla Aspenberg, Jill Auckenthaler, John Avelluto, Zoe Cohen, David Davron, Susan C. Dessel, Carl James Ferrero, Carrie Fucile, Pamela Gordon, Yejin Jun, Diane Kosup, Marni Kotak, Augusto Marin, Akiko Mori, Christopher Moss, Sarah Phillips, Megan Piontkowski and Tamas Veszi.

The exhibition was scheduled to be open through May 25th at the Brooklyn College Art Gallery at the Brooklyn War Memorial Building, Cadman Plaza, in downtown Brooklyn. The opening was held on May 3, from 6 to 9pm.

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There will be a rally saturday at NOON in front of the Brooklyn War Memorial to protest the closing of Plan B.

Bring your uncensored self and everyone you know!

Art supplies, body paint, music, balloons, bubbles, costumes, banners, sidewalk chalk, frisbees, bikes, nibbles etc... are all welcome.

D I R E C T I O N S:

195 Cadman Plaza West,
Brooklyn, NY
(btw Tillary & Prospect)

A/C to High St
2/3 to Clark St.