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Re: [BKARTS] April 17 benefit auction; new bioterrorism charges likely in Critical Art Ensemble case



Jules, you may be aware that the gov't gumshoes have now set their 
sights on Columbia College in Chicago - the same institution that 
houses an outstanding program in the Book Arts. So far as I know this 
doesn't affect the book arts program, yet, though I'm pleased to see 
College Administration is showing some spine. So to speak.

Paul T Werner, New York
http://theorangepress.com

WOID: A journal of visual language
THE ORANGE PRESS, publishing "Vellum Preparation: History and 
Technique"
DRAGONSBLOOD AND ASHES, a project to research and practice the 
techniques of the medieval scribe

----- Original Message -----
From: Jules Siegel <siegel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 11:00 am
Subject: April 17 benefit auction; new bioterrorism charges likely in 
Critical Art Ensemble case

> PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY.
> 
> April 13, 2005
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> 
> Contact: mailto:auction@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> MASSIVE ART AUCTION WILL SUPPORT INDICTED ARTIST STEVEN KURTZ AS
> BIOTERRORISM CHARGE THREAT RETURNS
> More benefits and donations needed
> 
> An April 17 benefit auction at Paula Cooper Gallery in NYC has
> attracted donations from some of the biggest names in the
> contemporary art world, including Hans Haacke, Richard Serra, Cindy
> Sherman, Martha Rosler, Sol LeWitt, RubŽn Ortiz Torres, Kiki Smith,
> Lorna Simpson, Chris Burden, and many others. (See details at bottom
> or at http://www.caedefensefund.org/auction/PaulaCooperGallery.html.)
> 
> Organizers of this Sunday's auction expect to raise at least a
> six-figure sum to help artist Steven Kurtz and scientist Robert
> Ferrell defend themselves against politically-motivated federal
> charges of mail and wire fraud--and, it now seems likely,
> bioterrorism charges as well.
> 
> If convicted of the wire and mail fraud charges, Kurtz, a founding
> member of the Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) and Professor of Art at the
> University of Buffalo, and Ferrell, a Professor of Human Genetics at
> the University of Pittsburgh, could face up to 20 years in prison.
> 
> But worse is possible. On March 17, Steven Barnes, also a founding
> member of the Critical Art Ensemble, was served a subpoena to appear
> before a Federal Grand Jury in Buffalo on April 19. According to the
> subpoena, the FBI is once again seeking charges under Section 175 of
> the US Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, as expanded by
> the USA PATRIOT Act--charges which a previous Grand Jury appeared to
> reject when they handed down indictments of mail and wire fraud last
> summer. (See http://www.caedefensefund.org for full details.)
> 
> The addition of bioterrorism charges will add to the heavy financial
> and emotional burden of the defendants. But the rising cost to
> taxpayers is significant too. Although the New York State Department
> of Health quickly deemed that the materials used by Kurtz in his art
> posed no threat to public health or safety, and the FBI's own field
> and laboratory tests showed that they were not used for any illegal
> purpose, the U.S. District Attorney continues to waste vast sums of
> public money prosecuting this outlandish, politically motivated case.
> 
> Since June 2004, public events in support of the CAE Defense Fund in
> the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Latin America and Australia, as well
> as thousands of individual contributions, have met the rising
> defense costs. But as the case moves to trial, Kurtz and Ferrell's
> expenses will increase dramatically, and more fundraisers and
> donations will be needed. The April 17 auction organizers hope the
> auction will serve as a spur for people worldwide to organize new
> benefit events and contribute to the fund. Please visit
> http://caedefensefund.org for more information about how you can help
> publicize this auction, organize your own event, donate funds, or
> otherwise help support Kurtz and Ferrell in this exceedingly
> important case that could widely impact freedom of expression and
> more in the US.
> 
> AUCTION DETAILS:
> 
> When: Sunday, April 17, 2005 (viewing and silent auction 2-8pm, live
> auction 5-7pm)
> 
> Where: Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, NYC 10011, tel:
> 212-255-1105 / day of auction: 212-255-5247
> 
> Master of Ceremonies: Wallace Shawn
> 
> Artists who have donated work: Acconci Studio, Dennis Adams, Carl
> Andre, The Atlas Group, Nayland Blake, Mel Bochner, Cecily Brown,
> Chris Burden, Paul Chan, Jeremy Deller, Mark Dion, Sam Durant, Tony
> Feher, Andrea Fraser, Joseph Grigely, Hans Haacke, Ann Hamilton,
> Rachel Harrison, Emily Jacir, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, William
> Pope L., Louise Lawler, Zoe Leonard, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Sharon
> Lockhart, Brice Marden, Allan McCollum, Julie Mehretu, Arnold
> Mesches, Donald Moffett, Dave Muller, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami,
> Yoshitomo Nara, Cathy Opie, RubŽn Ortiz Torres, Laura Owens, David
> Reed, Alexis Rockman, Martha Rosler, Christy Rupp, Carolee
> Schneemann, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Amy Sillman, Lorna Simpson,
> Kiki Smith, Janaina Tschape, and many more.
> 
> To view some of the donated art works, please visit:
> http://www.caedefensefund.org/auction/PaulaCooperGallery.html
> 
> This benefit is sponsored by the National Association of Artists'
> Organizations (NAAO) and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
> (Buffalo), and is supported by galleries across the US.
> 
> For more information please contact Lori at Paula Cooper Gallery, or
> visit http://caedefensefund.org. Press inquiries may be directed to
> mailto:auction@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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