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Arousing Sensation

A Case Study of Controversy Surrounding Art and the Erotic

edited by Sylvie Gilbert

by (author) Thomas Waugh & Su Ditta

Banff Centre Press
Initial publish date
Jun 1999
General, NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Gender Studies
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1999
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When the exhibition Much Sense: Erotics and Life appeared at the Walter Phillips Gallery in 1992, public, political and media interest was intense. The artists explored issues of sexuality, expressing frank viewpoints on topics such as body image and gay and lesbian sexuality. The explicit content of their work sparked an uproar. Politicians, local and national media and coalitions of arts organizations began a rancorous media debate, alternately battering and boosting The Banff Centre for the Arts and its support of the exhibition. Arousing Sensation offers a fascinating case study of a controversy concerning freedom of expression, funding for the arts, censorship, sexuality, political responsibility and journalistic integrity. The book combines thoughtful analysis, critical discourse and full media clippings from the public debate.

About the authors

Sylvie Gilbert is a curator who has developed art exhibitions that explore critical issues in contemporary culture. She was curator at the Walter Phillips Gallery from 1989 to 1994 and currently works as an independent curator in Montreal.

Sylvie Gilbert's profile page

Thomas Waugh is the award-winning author or co-author of numerous books, including five for Arsenal Pulp Press: Out/Lines, Lust Unearthed, Montreal Main: A Queer Film Classic (with Jason Garrison), Comin' At Ya! (with David L. Chapman) and Gay Art: A Historic Collection (with Felix Lance Falkon). His other books include Hard to Imagine, The Fruit Machine, and The Romance of Transgression. He teaches film studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where he lives. He has published widely on political discourses and sexual representation in film and video, on lesbian and gay film and video, and has more recently undertaken interdisciplinary research and teaching on AIDS. He is also the founder and former coordinator of the Minor Programme in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality at Concordia.

In addition to the titles below, Thomas is also co-editor (with Matthew Hays) of the Queer Film Classics series.

Thomas Waugh's profile page

Su Ditta's profile page

Other titles by Sylvie Gilbert

Other titles by Thomas Waugh