Barbara Nitke: Twenty Years
An Exploration of Sexual Relationship and Desire

July 10 – August 3, 2002

Art@Large Gallery
The Film Center Building
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 707

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-6pm, Sat and Sun by appointment
Opening reception: Wed, July 10th 6-9pm

Art @ Large proudly announces that it will host “Twenty Years,” an exhibition of photographs by acclaimed photographer Barbara Nitke, July 10-August 3, 2002.

The exhibit coincides with the filing of Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition of 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.

Hailed by the Village Voice for her quest "to find humanity in marginal sex," Nitke began her exploration of sexual desire in 1982 as a photographer on X-rated film sets in New York. She has since gained worldwide attention for her powerful photographs chronicling relationships between consenting adults engaged in sadomasochistic activities. 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 (, which showcases her photographs.

"My goal has always been to capture not just the deep intimacy and trust between lovers, but also the intense energy and passion of SM practices," 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."

An opening reception for the artist will be held at Art @ Large on Wednesday, July 10, 2002, 6 - 9:00pm.

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